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Canada 2001 Echo cold start/idle control problems.?..

Hello,
First time posting.
I've been having trouble getting my 2001 toyotoa echo to start in the cold weather and STAY Idleing.
All I can do to keep the car going is hold my foot on the gas until it warms up, then it stays running, low idle, but running.
It starts fine the rest of the day, but that first start in the morning doesn't take.
The check engine light comes on and stays on, and the car seems to idle rough at stops.

At first the Mechanic I took it to (good guys) cleaned out my throttle body (physically and chemically) and this seemed to solve the problem for a couple weeks.

I'm located in Toronto, Canada, and we're heading into cold weather and I just want a car that starts.

It started up again recently and I'm now being told (on my second visit to the mechanic) that it's my throttle body/idle control and that this part needs to be replaced, to the tune of 627.00 + labour.

Has anyone else experienced this part of their car 'sticking' (mechanic's term) I've been told it's uncommon, but want to make sure I'm fixing the right thing.

Thanks in advance.

Katie
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^^I haven't had this problem myself yet, I would shop around and get other opinions unless you know and trust this mechanic. It almost seems their playing you for a fool not to say what they said wasn't legitamite but when it comes to price, who knows but then again now a days fixing the car costs a leg and an arm. Good luck!

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what is the code it's setting?
That would help alot
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You can look at the following thread:
code P0505 CHECK ENGINE light.
You will see some good information, that sounds like your problem. Verify the Code with the technician just in case.
I had it done for around that price.
It will probably start to become more of a problem as the cars get older (mine is 2000).
I went 3 months, and it was really irritating.
Have not had any problems since it was fixed.
Good luck.
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Hello,
First time posting.
I've been having trouble getting my 2001 toyotoa echo to start in the cold weather and STAY Idleing.
All I can do to keep the car going is hold my foot on the gas until it warms up, then it stays running, low idle, but running.
It starts fine the rest of the day, but that first start in the morning doesn't take.
The check engine light comes on and stays on, and the car seems to idle rough at stops.

At first the Mechanic I took it to (good guys) cleaned out my throttle body (physically and chemically) and this seemed to solve the problem for a couple weeks.

I'm located in Toronto, Canada, and we're heading into cold weather and I just want a car that starts.

It started up again recently and I'm now being told (on my second visit to the mechanic) that it's my throttle body/idle control and that this part needs to be replaced, to the tune of 627.00 + labour.

Has anyone else experienced this part of their car 'sticking' (mechanic's term) I've been told it's uncommon, but want to make sure I'm fixing the right thing.

Thanks in advance.

Katie
I think that the idle control valve is your problem but the only way to thoroughly clean it is to take the throttle body completely off of the vehicle. I had the same issue with the car starting but would not idle until it warmed up a little. Here is what I did to mine. I started by taking out the air cleaner and disconnecting all of the wires and hoses. Then i took the throttle body off. I then took the control valve off and thoroughly cleaned the entire throttle body with spray cleaner and towels. I had some caked on so I scraped the stuck on stuff with a knife and screwdriver to loosen it up and sprayed it off with the cleaner and wiped down with towels. The 2 lines on the back of the throttle body were aggravating to say the least but by taking the air cleaner out of the way made the job easier. I spent about 1 1/2 hours completing the job and the echo runs like new. There is now way to clean the air control valve without taking the throttle body off of the car. I would certainly do this before I bought a new valve and installed it. I am not saying that the valve motor won't go bad but it is highly unlikely. The port on the throttle body is on the bottom of the throttle body so the crud is going to fall in that hole and accumulate around the valve thus causing it to not function properly. Hope this helps.
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WOW! Holy thread revival batman!

Probably just a pity kiss...A pity kiss is still a kiss, you know what that leads to? A pity marriage.
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WOW! Holy thread revival batman!
I didn't realize how old the thread was until I posted... Maybe someone will benefit from my experience though.
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