I have been trying to do a bit of research to save myself from taking my truck to the garage. I just wanted to try and get a few opinions before I take action.
I have a 2000 Ford Ranger, and in the last 2-3 years when the cold weather starts to roll in my truck will not idle period until it has warmed up. I put the key in, crank and it fires up the rpm's shoot up to nearly 1000 or so and then when it starts to drop to idle it immediately drops to 0 and engine dies.
It will not idle at all, I either have to put something on the fuel pedal to keep giving it fuel to warm up, or just throw it in drive and keep going until it actually warms up and then problem goes away.
The problem is all but gone when warm weather is around, but starts to rear its ugly head when the temp drops to the 30-40 degree mark.
I had seen it mentioned to try and clean the the IAC
, and I have not tried that yet but I'm wondering if that would be the problem. I'm not very experienced with working on my own truck, but to cut some bills and save a trip to a mechanic I would like to try and troubleshoot this myself, and any help in how to actually go about locating and cleaning the IAC
would be greatly appreciated, need be if that does sound like the problem I'm experiencing.
Thanks for your time!