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Old 07-21-2003, 02:09 AM
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Exclamation Idle question after rebuilding cylinderhead

The car is a 1993 190e 2.6L engine
I rebuilt the head with new guides and seals. The car started fine and idled great like before I did the head job. after about 150 miles it started to idle high after start up. To be more specific, I start the car and idle goes to about 900. Let it idle for 5 minutes and it doesn't drop. If I push the gas slightly to about 1200 rpm, it goes to it and stays there. A little more gas to 1500 rpm and goes there and stay at 1500. I noticed that when I unplug the idle valve, the idle goes back normal and stays there when I reconnect the connector to the valve. If I turn the car off and restart it, it goes high as mentioned and drops when I put the valve connector. With the valve connector off and car idling good, turning the A/C on drops the idle to about 400 and car idles failrly Ok. Turning the A/C off brings the idle to about 700 rpm (normal). My OVP is 3 months old. There are no vacuum leaks. I checked the on/off ratio at pin 3 and it fluctuate around 50 so I assumed the oxygen sensor is ok. I haven't checke the EHA current and will do that in the next 2 days. I checked the switch by the throttle linkage and it read 0 ohms at rest position (car not running) and infinety at WOT and even when I move it slightly so I assmed it is ok too. I will clean the valve tomorow with electrical part cleaner and see what happens. Any other things to look at?

PS. The issue happened after I degreesed and washed the engine if that may trigger ideas

1993 190E 2.6
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Old 07-21-2003, 04:12 AM
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Same thing with mine, or similar.
could be the idle compensator (air slide) or the ecu sending a dodgy signal to the idle compensator.
300e 294,000mi
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Old 12-28-2003, 01:34 AM
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Did you ever fix the problem you had?. I just rebuilt my cylinder head and have the same problem. I also washed and cleaned my intake with engine degreaser. Could water enter the throttle position sensor and damage it?


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Old 12-28-2003, 09:48 AM
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Have you checked your temp sensors and associated wiring?

Good luck,
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Old 12-28-2003, 09:54 AM
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Check all the KE electrical connectors for corrosion. Give them a good visual inspection, clean off any observed corrosion, then clean them with contact cleaner. Some water probably got into a connector from the engine cleaning and is causing high resistance.


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