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Originally posted by mind in gutter:
[qb]my friend says i should clean out the automatic idle control. can anybody tell me how to do that?[/qb][/b]
I know a man who can
It shows how to do it on a later model with Trionic, but chances are your valve is even more accessible (on top of the inlet manifold) and will require almost no dismantling to take it off for cleaning.

The second problem sounds like ignition. The fuel cut is extremely harsh and feels more like you've hit something than like you're slamming on the brakes. Does your car have Direct Ignition (no distributor or plug leads)? If so, it's likely the DI cartridge has failed. It's worth changing the plugs first, though. When were they last changed? Are they set at the correct gap (1.0mm)? Are they the correct type (DI will only work with the specified NGK plug, believe it or not).
 

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Originally posted by mind in gutter:
[qb]how can i tell if they need to be replaced? and how can i tell if they just need to be re-gapped?[/qb][/b]
If you don't know when they were last replaced, then replace them. They are cheap.
Once you've replaced the plugs, follow the service schedule - check the gap (and adjust if necessary) at every service and replace every 24K-30K miles.
 
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