Summer has officially begun. Since last month, we have been extremely busy here at Rusted and Rebuilt.
The Subaru Impreza has undergone a full face lift over the past month. All of the damage from the previous owner has been repaired, and we even added some lightning under the hood. I was able to solve most of the mechanical issues, too. Since replacing the idle control valve, the car has been running absolutely MINT.
The idle control valve is an intake component which controls the amount of air flowing to the intake when your foot isn’t on the throttle. It is a small plunger-type valve located on the throttle body. When I removed the old one, I realized why my car had been sputtering and stalling all the time – the plunger inside the idle control valve was completely rigid due to 13 years of rust locking it in place. After installing a brand new idle control valve, the Subaru has been idling like a champ, and it drives much smoother now.