engine revs to 6000 rpm on start up and won't idle down


Asked by Nov 15, 2015 at 10:48 PM about the 1996 GMC Sierra 1500 K1500 SLE 4WD Extended Cab Stepside SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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That is more that a vacuum leak. More likely the throttle body butterfly stuck open. Remove air filter assembly and close it manually, then if it happens again you may need a new throttle body. Allowing it to tach at 6000 rpm not under load will blow your engine

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Years ago, my Dad was trading in a Buick, and the salesman wanted to have it inspected before offering a trade-in value. The mechanic - while in Park, revved it up to a unreal rpm and it threw a rod. It was running fine before that but then the dealer said the engine was bad.. well sure it was bad after that, I was standing there watching him. I have no idea why he felt the need to do that, but it was absolutely screaming but end of story is the dealer gave him the trade-in value of the car in good running condition, but not until after a heated argument

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I agree, either the throttle plate isn't closing or the IAC (Idle Air Control) valve is stuck open. HTH. -Jim

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