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A simple fix on a modern car? Yes, it's possible

Many car lovers often bemoan modern cars' multitude of sensors and electric motors for their ability to vastly complicate diagnostics and repair. However, it's not all so bad. In fact, a component that sounds complex—the idle air control valve, for instance—may be simpler to fix than you think.


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A similar problem cropped up on my '95 BMW 318ti.  A couple of sprays of carb cleaner, some working it around, and everything was good again.  The only problem?  The ICV is buried between the two halves of the intake manifold, and it takes an hour or so of disassembly to get to it.  Nice compact packaging job in design, but what a **bleep** for the repair mechanic.  Those efficient Germans.

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