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Idle stabilizer...stalling during hot, humid weather
Finally got around to working on the coupe q this past weekend. The car was
stalling so often, or coming close to stalling (rpms would drop to ~200) when
coming to a stop, that it was becoming a real safety hazard.
So my brother (the family gearhead) and I removed the stabilizer from the car,
an then removed the solenoid. I figured that the stabilizer would be "gummed
My brother then "played" with the solenoid shaft, and noticed that it would
occasionally stick. So he took out a can of all purpose silicone lubricant
("this won't hurt a thing") and sprayed the shaft, and manually actuated it.
We were pressed for time, so I reassembled the stabilizer an reattached it to
Guess what? It worked!!! The car no longer stalls and the rpms don't drop off
when coming to a stop. Actually they only drop to about 800. It's better now
then when I bought the car.
Has anyone ever tried something similar? Would lithium grease have been a better, longer term lubricant?
Maybe this post can help someone else when the hot weather stalling problem...
1990 Coupe Q (behaving for once!)