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96 Altima stalling at idle
Ok, I've looked through many threads here and searched and looked at many threads. Seems to me that there are 1256314 different things that cause stalling, so I am typing up my problem in hopes for answers so I don't have just a pile of metal out in the driveway......
1996 Nissan Altima, 151,000 miles 2.4 L automatic. At idle I am having a problem with the rpms dropping and/or stalling out. The car drives perfectly fine, except when I let off the throttle, sometimes the rpms can drop and hold around 1000 (while auto tranny still in drive). With it sitting in neutral or in drive while stopped, the rpms will drop and fluctuate between idle and down to 300 rpm. It can stall often at idle and if I have the AC running, it's guaranteed to stall at idle.
The check engine light is on and I have a scanner. I have codes for the front O2, rear O2, knock sensor and AICV. I've been told by a friend who works for a non-Nissan dealership shop that it probably is the AICV. Well, after 4 weeks spent staring at the middle of the exhaust with my hand up behind the motor, blindly trying to get this stinking AICV out one handed, I finally got it out. I cleaned it with throttle body cleaner, and checked it with a DMM. The spec is 10 ohms, and it read at a perfect 10 ohm.
I don't have the cash to just start replace stuff until it's fixed. I need to know what the heck component it would be that is bad. Can't afford the hundreds of $$$ the garage would charge, since it took me 4 freakin weeks to get the AICV out, I figured it will be quite expensive.
Note, I have read stuff on here about intake gaskets and such. We have sprayed around with throttle body cleaner around the intake searching for leaks and didn't find any.
I'm hoping to have the component pinpointed for me without replacing stuff untill it's fixed. I have many many other issues with this car, and much more needs fixed before state inspection. But I have to get it running first.
Thanks in advance for any responses, much appreciated.