Disconnecting the IAC valve will typically not set the check engine lamp. It's very unusual that after washing the engine you could actually short an electrical circuit out, so the problem must still lie in water intrusion or a blown fuse as the other Expert mentioned; unless this condition is entirely coincidental and the ECU has failed...which would be too coincidental. Unfortunalty at this point the IAC circuit needs to be tested with factory equipment, unless the problem can rectify itself. I can offer you the factory procedures for testing below to see if anything can further help you issolate this. Than I can opt back out of the question and other Experts will continue to look through this and see if there is any that have run accross this. In my experience a high idle is commonly due to a binding throtle, a vacuum leak, a bad IAC, or a bad ECU...possibly a vacuum leak was produced when the enigne was cleaned??
The control module controls engine idle speed with the IAC valve. To increase idle speed, the control module retracts the IAC valve pintle away from it's seat, allowing more air to pass by the throttle bore. To decrease idle speed, it extends the IAC valve pintle towards it's seat, reducing bypass air flow. A Tech 1 scan tool will read the control module commands to the IAC valve in counts. Higher the counts indicate more air bypass (higher idle). The lower the counts indicate less air is allowed to bypass (lower idle).
CHART TEST DESCRIPTION
Number(s) below refer to circled number(s) on the diagnostic chart.
- The IAC tester is used to extend and retract the IAC valve. Valve movement is verified by an engine speed change. If no change in engine speed occurs, the valve can be retested when removed from the throttle body.
- This step checks the quality of the IAC movement in Step 1. Between 700 rpm and about 1500 rpm the engine speed should change smoothly with each flash of the tester light in both extend and retract. If the IAC valve is retracted beyond the control range (about 1500 rpm), it may take many flashes in the extend position before engine speed will begin to drop. This is normal on certain engines, fully extending IAC may cause engine stall. This may be normal.
- Steps 1 and 2 verified proper IAC valve operation while this step checks the IAC circuits. Each lamp on the node light should flash red and green while the IAC valve is cycled. While the sequence of color is not important if either light is "OFF" or does not flash red and green, check the circuits for faults beginning with poor terminal contacts.
IAC VALVE RESET PROCEDURE
- Disconnect battery cable at battery for 10 seconds then reconnect cable.
- Ignition "ON," engine "OFF" for 5 seconds.
- Ignition "OFF" for 10 seconds.
A slow, unstable, or fast idle may be caused by a non-IAC system problem that cannot be overcome by the IAC valve. Out of control range, IAC Tech 1 scan tool counts will be above 60 if idle is too low, and zero counts if idle is too high. The following checks should be made to repair a non-IAC system problem.
- VACUUM LEAK (High Idle) - If idle is too high, stop the engine. Fully extend (low) IAC with tester. Start engine. If idle speed is above 800 rpm, locate and correct vacuum leak including crankcase ventilation system. Also, check for binding of throttle blade or linkage.
- SYSTEM TOO RICH (Low Air/Fuel Ratio) - The idle speed will be too low. Tech 1 scan tool IAC counts will usually be above 80. System is obviously rich and may exhibit black smoke in exhaust. Tech 1 scan tool O2 voltage will be fixed above 800 mV (0.8 volt). Check for high fuel pressure, leaking or sticking injector. Silicone contaminated O2S scan voltage will be slow to respond.
- THROTTLE BODY - Remove IAC valve and inspect bore for foreign material.
- IAC VALVE ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS - IAC valve connections should be carefully checked for proper contact.
- CRANKCASE VENTILATION VALVE - An incorrect or faulty crankcase ventilation valve may result in an incorrect idle speed. Refer to Diagnosis By Symptom / Rough, Unstable Or Incorrect Idle, Stalling .
- A/C COMPRESSOR - Refer to A/C diagnosis if circuit is shorted to ground. If the relay is faulty, an idle problem may exist. Refer to Diagnosis By Symptom / Rough, Unstable Or Incorrect Idle, Stalling .
- If intermittent poor driveablity or idle symptoms are resolved by disconnecting the IAC, carefully recheck connections, valve terminal resistance or replace IAC.