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From what I have read, it seems my idle air control valve and/or throttlebody needs to be cleaned. What should this cost me? Dealer or Reputable Mechanic, Whats your guess? Thanks
 

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Its a very simple thing to do, especially with the directions given by JMarkert. Dealer, they'll probably say the IAC needs replacing, charge you $110 for labor. Reputable mechanic probably charge $60-70 for the hour, you could have it done in 30 mins with only the cost of purchasing the carb cleaner.
 

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$110 for replacing a dirty IAC ?? And another $200(my guess) for the part ?

How, in good conscience can these dealers do this ? They must think all Saab owners are highly paid college professors and academics...

I'll bet a blind man could change one in 20 minutes or less !!
 

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highly paid college professors and academics...
Trust me, they aren't all that highly paid. Plus, you have to remember they are paid like crap until they really land a professor job. For some of us (me, for example), that takes until we're 40 and counting. Mechanics do much better on average :)
 

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highly paid college professors and academics...

Thank you, JMarkert, for that correction to one of society's most corrosive myths. I was about to write and correct it myself.
 

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A corrosive myth, indeed, and truly one of the great shames of our society. Only college professors who can hit forty home runs a season are highly paid.
 

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Local garage quoted me a price on replacing my IAC.

With labor, the grand total was.....



wait for it....




$630.

I laughed like a lunatic for a couple of seconds.
 

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I've found for the idle valve, giving it an overnight soak in petrol very affective, not total immersion just the part where the air passes through, then a light scrub with an old toothbrush, throttle body can be done the same way but it is less important to have such a deep clean.

What I like about such tasks is that it is tuning for economy and performance for little money and just a bit of time.
 
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