2008 Corolla hesitation/idle


Asked by Sep 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM about the 2008 Toyota Corolla LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just got a 2008 Corolla with 37k miles. Great little car. When the car is cold, it runs
absolutely smooth. After a few minutes when it reaches normal temps, it idles just a
little "shaky" at 700-800rpms. And when I hit the gas, there is an ever so slight
hesitation. Like the car wants to die (again, for a split second), then drives just fine.I
definitely think something is amiss. I have cleaned the MAF sensor with the proper
cleaner, car has new air filter.  Any suggestions?

6 Answers

IAC. Idle air Control. That is too slow idle, I have a 2006 that idles cold at 1200 rpm and after a very short time it drops and idles at 950-1000 rpm. The hesitation might be something else. Suggest you get an OBD scan. If you are not familiar with what that is, go to AutoZone or some big chain parts house like it, and ask them to scan your car. Don't buy anything, some of those guys know what they are doping and some not, but any can get codes. Write them down and come back here and one of us will be happy to help you

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A 700 rpm idle can cause a shake, and the oil pressure is not up enough, Please don't allow it to idle at that speed for any length of time And they are great cars are they not? I absolutely love mine, The economy rivals hybrids, and I could go on and on

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Doing not doping. geez...sorry

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Great, thank you for the response. I sure hope I got a car that is ok. Only 37k miles and it was garage kept.

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IMO you made a good choice. Notice how much more room inside that one might think? *is that a Garr fish?


That's a northern pike from the Des Plaines River. Always fun to catch. So I went to Auto Zone and they said since there's no check engine light on, no codes will show.

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