12-04-12, 05:48 PM
I'm thinking of buying a 1983 SEville with the HT4100 and about 106K miles. when I was driving it around the parking lot today, I noticed the gas pedal would seem to make the car lurch, in other words, when I had my foot off the gas pedal, it would accelerate on its own, as if I were pushing the gas pedal down. This car hasn't been driven much in the last few years, needs a tune up, also it seemed there was some smoke coming from the rear passenger side of the engine. Any ideas what the acceleration issue could be? throttle body? something with the computer?
This car has a ISC ( idle speed control) motor on the driver side of the throttle body. Looks like a fast idle solenoid from the 70's. Most are either misadjusted or broken and no longer retract or extend to control the idle. A simple 3 bolt replacement but you must have the factory service manual to adjust it. The smoke is probably a valve cover seeping. In 83 the cover was sealed with RTV silicone. Most times the prior owner changed to cork and the gaskets cracked or loosened. Remove the oil fill cap and make sure the underside is dry, no light chocolate brown color indicating coolant leaking internally. Verify the rear brakes work by holding the parking brake pedal with your left foot very firmly and your right foot firmly on the brake pedal in gear. Now gently lift up on your right foot. The car should NOT move at all if the rear calipers are working. If it moves, it needs 2 rear calipers.
12-05-12, 11:38 AM
Thanks! I will check all of that out!
Disconnect the cruise control linkage. If its setup wrong, the engine vacuum will tug on the rod at idle.
12-08-12, 09:20 AM
ehall, A new member, WWII is trying to contact you regarding this idle speed problem. I sent him a Visitor Message - hopefully he'll see it and post here.