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2003 Oldsmobile Alero: unwanted acceleration.The auto..L..automatic

Customer Question

Please help,Ihave a very dangerous problem,---unwanted acceleration.The auto is a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4 L,automatic ,all power.The problem starts very slowly and is exceptionaly bad in hot weather,the engine keeps reving higher and higher,and becomes a dangerous situation especially in stop and go traffic,sometimes im able to kick the pedal and it will come off, but then it will come right back?????
Thank you
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 7 years ago.



Most likely the idle air control valve needs replaced. Below is a diagram showing it's location. Remove the 2 bolts to remove valve.





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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Driving a couple hundred miles this weekend,should be a good test for the new part
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 7 years ago.

Best wishes!


Be safe.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

hello Virtual Wrench,just wanted you to know that I had the Idle air control valve replaced(by my son).The car runs like new again.Cant thank you enough.

Len Auton

Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 7 years ago.

My Pleasure!


Thanks for asking!