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Recently I had my mechanic, not a dealer mechanic, check my idle for being to low. He cleaned it and now it is idling at 1400 all the time. He said that because it is computerized there is nothing he can do. Any ideas? Thanks

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Priscilla, It sounds like this technician is not aware of how to set the idle properly on this vehicle. I would suggest taking it to a dealership for this problem. Many times the computer in the vehicle has to be over-ridden to set idle and then re-activated. If you try and set the idle without doing this process, then the computer thinks something is wrong and puts it back where it thinks it should be. If you're not sure who to take it to, go to the ask patty website and search for a "female" friendly dealership using your zip code. Good luck. Lori Johnson

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Priscilla, 1400 RPM sounds too high for an engine at idle. I suggest bringing the vehicle to a dealership - they will have the correct tools to repair your vehicle correctly. Suzanne

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