Summer has officially begun. Since last month, we have been extremely busy here at Rusted and Rebuilt. Yesterday was my last day of working at the grocery store after four years, because I finally landed my dream job. Things are starting to fall into place.
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, hence the name. It is a small plunger-type valve located on the throttle body. When I removed the old one, I realized why the Subaru 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.