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post #1 of 4 Old 05-03-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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my jeep wont idle

Hey guys I drive a 2000 jeep Cherokee and fornsome reason it will not idle at all, even if
its cold or hot anyone have any ideas?

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-04-2013, 05:30 AM
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Is the Check Engine Light (CEL) ON ? How many miles since the last tune-up ?

A bad battery, bad battery wire connections, other faulty wire connections, a faulty O2 sensor, faulty fuel injectors, a failing fuel pump, or a dirty/faulty Idle Air Controller could be the cause of the stalling.

You need to perform some routine maintenance/cleaning, some inspection, and some electrical testing.


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post #3 of 4 Old 05-04-2013, 07:16 AM
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The cheapest and easiest thing to do, is to get a can of Gumout and hose out the inside of the throttle body. I have a 2001 XJ and had the same EXACT problem. The IAC(Idle Air Control) valve has a tendency to get dirty and stick shut. Not sure if you know where it is. When you pull the tube off the top of the TB, you see the butterfly valve is closed. That's normal when it's off or idling. You'll also see a slot just above the butterfly. When it's idling it still needs air, even though the butterfly is closed. That slot bypasses the butterfly. In that slot is the IAC. It has a plunger that opens when you're idling, to let the air bypass the butterfly. When it gets real dirty it can and will stick open or closed. Spraying some Gumout in that slot will clean it up and free it up. If that doesn't work, it could just be worn out. After all it's an electrical component and it's probably the original. Cleaning mine fixed my problem. If it doesn't fix yours, then I'd look into the more expensive stuff.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-04-2013, 08:03 AM
It's the crank sensor!
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1. Marginal battery. This can absolutely give you idle/stalling symptoms. And yes, you can have a battery that is plenty strong enough to start the engine, but marginal enough to give the engine management system fits. Have the battery "load tested". Any parts store will do this for free. Load testing is the ONLY accurate way of determining battery condition as voltage testing alone can be misleading.

2. Clean throttle body and idle air control. Here's more.
The Idle Air Control (IAC) is mounted on the back of the throttle body. (front for 87-90) The valve controls the idle speed of the engine by controlling the amount of air flowing through the air control passage. It consists of a stepper motor that moves a pintle shaped plunger in and out of the air control passage. When the valve plunger is moved in, the air control passage flows more air which raises the idle speed. When the valve plunger is moved out, the air control passage flows less air which lowers the idle speed. Over time and miles, the IAC can get carboned up which can have an adverse affect on idle quality. Cleaning the IAC may restore proper function and is an easy procedure to perform and good preventive maintenance so it is never a bad idea.


Remove the air filter cover, associated hoses and the rubber boot that goes from the air filter cover to the throttle body. Remove the IAC with a torx driver (2 bolts; one can be kind of hard to get to)

“Gently” wiggle out the IAC from the throttle body. Gasket on the IAC can be re-used if it is not damaged

Clean the IAC with a spray can of throttle body cleaner; inexpensive and available at any place that sells auto parts. Throttle body cleaner is recommended rather than carburetor cleaner as it is less harsh, safe for throttle body coatings and is best for this task. Use cleaner, a rag and a toothbrush and or Q-Tips. Be gentle; don’t twist or pull on the pintle that protrudes from the IAC as it is fragile and you could damage it.

Thoroughly spray clean and flush where the IAC seats in the throttle body with the same spray cleaner

It is also a good idea to clean the entire throttle body itself, the butterfly valve inside of the throttle body and all associated linkage as long as you have things disassembled

Reinstall IAC and check idle quality

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