Toyota Corolla Idles Very High – Sometimes

Reader Question Dear Austin, how are you?

I want to ask you a tech question – my fife today had a very unpleasant experience.

Our car automatic Toyota Corola 1999 was parked near the shop by my wife. When she started the car afterwards – it gave very high revs. She did not re-start it and switched to reverse. The car JUMPED backwards and hit another parked car.

We were very lucky that some kids who were standing there a minute ago moved to another place.

Could you say what is the possible reason?

In a half-hour friend of mine got there and started the car – NO PROBLEMS…

Thanks in advance

Sincerely yours

Hi Igor,

That is odd! You might want to look around under the hood at the throttle cable and make sure nothing is in the way that might cause it to stick. I would also look at the floor mat on the driver’s side, to make sure it is not pushed under the gas pedal and might have caused the pedal to stick. I have actually seen this happen twice.


Austin C. Davis

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