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P0511

P0511 - Idle Air Control Circuit Malfunction

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Possible causes
- Idle Air Control Valve (IACV)/Auxiliary Air Control (AAC) Valve harness is open or shorted
- Idle Air Control Valve (IACV)/Auxiliary Air Control (AAC) Valve circuit poor electrical connection
- Faulty Idle Air Control Valve (IACV)/Auxiliary Air Control (AAC) Valve
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When is the code detected?
The P0511 code is set when the Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) and Auxiliary Air Control (AAC) Valve does not operate properly.
Symptoms
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Engine hard to start
- Rough or erratic idle speed
P0511 Description
This system automatically controls engine idle speed to a specified level. Idle speed is controlled through fine adjustment of the amount of air which by-passes the throttle valve via Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) and Auxiliary Air Control (AAC) Valve. The IACV-AAC valve changes the opening of the air by-pass passage to control the amount of auxiliary air. This valve is actuated by a step motor built into the valve, which moves the valve in the axial direction in steps corresponding to the Engine Control Module (ECM) output signals.
One step of IACV-AAC valve movement causes the respective opening of the air by-pass passage. (i.e. when the step advances, the opening is enlarged.) The opening of the valve is varied to allow for optimum control of the engine idling speed. The crankshaft position sensor (POS) detects the actual engine speed and sends a signal to the ECM. The ECM then controls the step position of the IACV-AAC valve so that engine speed coincides with the target value memorized in ECM. The target engine speed is the lowest speed at which the engine can operate steadily. The optimum value stored in the ECM is determined by takig into consideration various engine conditions, such as during warm up, deceleration, and engine load (air conditioner, power steering and cooling fan operation).
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