ParkAvenue 1997-1999

Idle Air Control Valve

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Operation



Specific to:

Buick LeSabre 1986-1999

Buick Park Avenue 1996-1999

Oldsmobile 88 1992-1999

Oldsmobile Delta 88 1986-1988

Oldsmobile LSS 1996-1999

Pontiac Bonneville 1987-1999

Engine idle speeds are controlled by the PCM through the Idle Air Control (IAC) valve mounted on the throttle body. The PCM sends voltage pulses to the IAC motor windings causing the IAC motor shaft and pintle to move in or out a given distance (number of steps) for each pulse (called counts). The movement of the pintle controls the airflow around the throttle plate, which in turn, controls engine idle speed. IAC valve pintle position counts can be observed using a scan tool. Zero counts correspond to a fully closed passage, while 140 counts or more corresponds to full flow.

Idle speed can be categorized in 2 ways: actual (controlled) idle speed and minimum idle speed. Controlled idle speed is obtained by the PCM positioning the IAC valve pintle. Resulting idle speed is determined by total air flow (IAC/passage + PCV + throttle valve + calibrated vacuum leaks). Controlled idle speed is specified at normal operating conditions, which consists of engine coolant at normal operating temperature, air conditioning compressor OFF , manual transaxle in neutral or automatic transaxle in D .

Minimum idle air speed is set at the factory with a stop screw. This setting allows a certain amount of air to bypass the throttle valves regardless of IAC valve pintle positioning. A combination of this air flow and IAC pintle positioning allows the PCM to control engine idle speed. During normal engine idle operation, the IAC valve pintle is positioned a calibrated number of steps (counts) from the seat. No adjustment is required during routine maintenance. Tampering with the minimum idle speed adjustment may result in premature failure of the IAC valve or improperly controlled engine idle operation.



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Fig. The Idle Air Control (IAC) valve is mounted on the throttle body - 3.8L (VIN K) engine shown



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Fig. Location of the IAC valve - 3.8L (VIN 1 and L) shown

Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Buick LeSabre 1986-1999

Buick Park Avenue 1996-1999

Oldsmobile 88 1992-1999

Oldsmobile Delta 88 1986-1988

Oldsmobile LSS 1996-1999

Pontiac Bonneville 1987-1999

On some models, it may be necessary to remove the air inlet assembly.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Detach the IAC valve electrical connector.
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  5. Remove the IAC valve by performing the following:
    1. On thread-mounted units, use a 1 1 / 4 in. (32mm) wrench.
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    3. On flange-mounted units, remove the mounting screw assemblies.
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  7. Remove the IAC valve, then remove the and discard the IAC valve gasket or O-ring.
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To install:

  1. Clean the mounting surfaces by performing the following:
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WARNING
NEVER soak the IAC valve in any liquid cleaner or solvent!

  1. If servicing a thread-mounted valve, remove the old gasket material from the surface of the throttle body to ensure proper sealing of the new gasket.
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  3. If servicing a flange-mounted valve, clean the IAC valve surfaces on the throttle body to assure proper seal of the new O-ring and contact of the IAC valve flange.
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  1. If installing a new IAC valve, measure the distance between the tip of the IAC valve pintle and the mounting flange. If the distance is greater than 1.102 in. (28mm), use finger pressure to slowly retract the pintle. The force required to retract the pintle of a new valve will not cause damage to the valve. If reinstalling the original IAC valve, do not attempt to adjust the pintle in this manner.
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Fig. If installing a new IAC valve whose pintle extends too far, manually compress the pintle as required

  1. Install the IAC valve into the throttle body by performing the following:
    1. With thread-mounted valves, install with a new gasket. Using a 1 1 / 4 in. (32mm) wrench, tighten to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
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    3. With flange-mounted valves, lubricate a new O-ring with transmission fluid and install on the IAC valve. Install the IAC valve to the throttle body. Install the mounting screws using a suitable threadlocking compound. Tighten to 27 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
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  3. Attach the IAC valve electrical connector.
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  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  7. The PCM will reset the IAC whenever the ignition switch is turned ON and then OFF . Start the engine and let it reach normal operating temperatures
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Testing



Specific to:

Buick LeSabre 1986-1999

Buick Park Avenue 1996-1999

Oldsmobile 88 1992-1999

Oldsmobile Delta 88 1986-1988

Oldsmobile LSS 1996-1999

Pontiac Bonneville 1987-1999

  1. Visually check the connector, making sure it is connected properly and all of the terminals are straight, tight and free of corrosion.
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  3. Unplug the IAC connector and check resistance between the IAC terminals. Resistance between terminals A to B and terminals C to D should be 40-80 ohms. If resistance is not within specification, the IAC valve must be replaced.
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Fig. Attach an ohmmeter to IAC valve terminals A and B and measure the resistance



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Fig. When IAC valve terminals B and C are jumpered, the reading should be infinite



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Fig. Idle Air Control (IAC) valve circuit

  1. Check resistance between the IAC terminals A to C, A to D, B to C and B to D. Resistance should be infinite. If not, the IAC valve is faulty.
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  3. If the resistance is within specification, check the IAC circuits back to the PCM for continuity.
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  5. If the valve and circuits are functional, the computer control module may be faulty.
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