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Old 07-30-2015, 08:38 AM   #1
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Surging during idle

Car: 2001 Boxster S

Problem: When idling the RPMs go up and down from 700 to 900 and back again in about a 3 second cycle. If I turn on the A/C the idle settles down and is steady. Only occurs with the A/C off.

I hooked up a ODBII scanner and get no codes from the engine at all.

My mechanic thinks its a vacuum leak - any suggestions?

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Old 07-30-2015, 05:23 PM   #2
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Clean your throttle body.

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Old 07-30-2015, 05:28 PM   #3
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Did you recently perform any work that required you to disconnect the battery?

It can take a few driving cycles for the computer to "relearn" its settings.

If you haven't disconnected the battery recently, Jager is likely correct.
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Old 07-30-2015, 05:28 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Jager View Post
Clean your throttle body.
I agree with Jager. It cured my surging idle problem.
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Classic symptom +1 Jager
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:45 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Jager View Post
Clean your throttle body.
Solved my surging idle
Check your air filter and MAF(MAF Cleaner) while you're there
If you take apart all the plenum tubes for cleaning, mark their positions relative to their clamping couplings. Once you put it all back together, it's hard to know if everything is centered
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Old 07-31-2015, 04:08 AM   #7
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+1 on cleaning your throttle body.

The reason KevinH1990 asked if you've had your battery disconnected recently is because when you disconnect your battery your ECU reboots itself. It then has to relearn all fuel trim,afr, ect..

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