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Offline pnjunkie

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Extremely High RPM in neutral
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:56:06 PM »
When I start my car it idles at 2500 rpm, and then I start driving in first and when I put in the clutch to shift it goes up to 4000 rpm until I go back in gear which forces the rpm down again.

If I stop moving and put the shifter in neutral it will move up to 4000 rpm for about 20 seconds and then drop down to 2500 rpm again.

Any idea what could cause this? I'm baffled

p.s. I've tried resetting the ECU by disconnecting the battery and then holding the brakes for 30 seconds.

p.p.s If there has already been a thread on this here or on NASIOC just link it, I couldn't find any  :P

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011, 03:28:46 AM »
Might need a reflash or check if your floor mat is holding the gas down

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011, 04:04:10 AM »
Dirty IAC?  High rpm can be a symptom....but then again low rpm can be too.

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2011, 05:23:58 AM »
Dirty/stuck throttle cable? This was an issue on my old cavalier.

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011, 07:16:16 AM »
what car is this for?
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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2011, 08:32:08 AM »
What year/model/trim?
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Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2011, 09:38:32 AM »
Cruise control cable happened to me in the summer.


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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2011, 09:40:57 AM »
Maybe tps is the problem (throttle position sensor)

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2011, 10:11:59 AM »
Most of these seem to boil down to sticky throttle or cruise cables.
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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2011, 10:30:18 AM »
Unless it's DBW? >.>
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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2011, 10:31:55 AM »
what car is this for?

Heh, sorry, 2004 RS
Thanks for the replies, I'll take a look at the throttle cables.

Also, what's an IAC?

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2011, 10:34:04 AM »
IAC = Idle Air Control
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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2011, 10:49:42 AM »
I'd have to agree w/ the cruise control cable. It tends to tighten up in cold weather.. Maybe loosen it up, and it should solve the issue (hopefully).
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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2011, 11:00:34 AM »
subaru has a reflash for "high rev's when clutch depressed" complaint for this
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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2011, 11:33:20 AM »
subaru has a reflash for "high rev's when clutch depressed" complaint for this

Do you have a TSB # for this and what years and models it affects?
Happens for me as well, but I'm too lazy to poke around myself. If subaru will fix it for me, then it means I don't have to open the hood.

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2011, 12:04:07 PM »
08 09 for the reflash most likely not that. I don't think 04 would be dbw. You can bring it into a dealer but your looking at 60 min just for them to hook up to Check. I would look at other options first

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2011, 12:37:40 PM »
It could be sticky throttle/cruise cable.  In case you want/need to clean the Idle Air Contrl Valve (IACV). Here are the instructions from Subaru:
IACV cleaning

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Re: Extremely High RPM in neutral
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2011, 12:37:54 PM »
The situation seems to have fixed itself. Car is running normal currently.

For posterity, I left my battery disconnected overnight and before I started the car I wiggled the throttle cable a little bit.

So either something was stuck or it was an electronics issue.

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