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Hey Gang,
My Mom's car has a rough idle when starting up after its been sitting for a while.
Basically if it has sat for a few days, the symptoms are this..

Turn key to the on position.
Wait a few seconds and then turn key to start car.
Car starts up good.. about 7 seconds or so afterwards the idle goes down very low, motor shakes from low idle like it's going to die, get a couple "pops" from the exhaust, and then the idle goes up to normal.

This seems like it's only on start up after a few days... after it's warmed up, it doesn't happen.
Fuel is 100 octane and fresh.
Any ideas on what could be the cause of this?

Thanks again!

Rob
 

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...last service done?...plugs?...air filter?....but the 100 octane has me wondering...is it LL 100 octane?

Jetfuel...just to start...
 

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How many miles on the vehicle. Might be bad plugs, dirty fuel injectors. 100 octane fuel?

Something wrong with a start up sensor. For the fuel injectors, when the vehicle is started cold. Since modern cars don’t have chokes anymore. The cars computer not sending out the right information.
 

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Thank you all for the replies!... and my apology on the octane level, it is 92 octane, not 100
I'm going to do a minor tune up at Christmas time ( new plugs, oil change, filters ).
The car has 58,000 and is driven rarely.
Would an OBD2 show these codes you speak of?
Sounds like injector issues/start up sensor area..

Thanks!
Rob
 

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Check for the dreaded P030x code - x being the cylinder that may be misfiring. Usually a symptom of a burned valve. :)
 

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Check for the dreaded P030x code - x being the cylinder that may be misfiring. Usually a symptom of a burned valve. :)
P030x can also be caused by a bad plug, a bad coil, or even poor compression on that cylinder too. :eek:
 

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Thanks again Gang...
I'll check the compression and buy a OBD code reader to see what's going on.
Hopefully it's just a fouled plug!

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Update:
Bought a OBD2 code reader.. good news, no codes.
The cars been actually running really good with no issues.
 
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