Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
Your car does a lot more than just get you from point A to point B, which is all thanks to your idle control valve. If the A/C suddenly gives out, your light won’t turn on when you’re searching for your mask, or your car is stalling, it means you need an idle control valve service to get yours replaced.
That’s right, you can’t get anywhere without a well-oiled idle control valve—and you’ll have a hard time figuring out what you need to do to replace it without some guidance from the masters of all things car and car insurance: Jerry.
Here, you’ll find everything you need to know to get your engine (and your tunes) up and running again.
The exact cost varies between different Bertone models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$71.47$11.47$60$74.911h

What is an idle control valve replacement?

When your car is idle—and even when it’s in motion—the idle control valve’s key function is to maintain a consistent engine speed.
It prevents your car’s system from overexerting itself when you turn on the A/C, blast some music, flick the light switch on to search for your mask, and more. It even helps your engine start despite your car sitting outside all night in frigid temperatures.
In an idle control valve replacement service, a mechanic will evaluate the electrical systems in your vehicle and ensure there are no vacuum leaks in the process.

How to replace an idle control valve

When you take your vehicle in to get your idle control valve replaced, the mechanic will take these steps:
  • Run a scan to pick up any car codes
  • Look out for any leaks in the vacuum lines
  • Make sure all electrical connections are functioning
  • Remove the idle control valve if it’s faulty and replace it with a new one
  • Reset the check engine light
  • Get rid of carbon build-up in the intake manifold—a group of tubes and cylinders that evenly distribute the air coming into the engine
To prevent this system snag from sneaking up on you, it’s recommended to have an air induction service performed by a mechanic every three to four years. That allows the root cause of the idle control valve issue to be addressed before you embark on a long summer road trip—sans air conditioning. You’ll thank yourself later!

How do I know if I need an idle control valve replacement?

The first sign your idle control valve is on life support might be your check engine light. Other signs to watch for include:
  • The engine stalls even when it’s idle (not moving)
  • There are distinct noises coming from the engine
  • Turning the A/C on shuts off the engine

How important is an idle control valve replacement?

Let’s put it this way: without a functioning idle control valve, your car literally can’t function.
A stalling engine is no joke—especially if you’re caught up in a busy intersection. It’s not worth it to wait until the issue escalates to the point of total engine failure.
Once you see the check engine light or notice your car needs some extra oomph, it’s high time to get your car evaluated for an idle control valve issue.

How to find affordable car insurance

While engine issues can be costly, your car insurance coverage doesn’t have to be. Jerry is the super app that helps you save money on your car expenses, including insurance.
In less than a minute, Jerry scours rates from 50+ insurance companies and presents you with a curated list of the best plans for you and your needs. Jerry will even help you switch plans and cancel your current one if that’s the right move for you.
Jerry users save an average of $879 per year on car insurance!
Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Bertone drivers pay in different cities.
CityCarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$118.52$11.47$107.05$121.961h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$146.47$11.47$135$149.911h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$144.05$11.47$132.58$147.491h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$124.97$11.47$113.5$128.411h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$11.47$11.47$0$14.911h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$130.52$11.47$119.05$133.961h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$133.34$11.47$121.87$136.781h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$123.15$11.47$111.68$126.591h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$122.95$11.47$111.48$126.391h
1989
Bertone
 
X-1/9
$130.22$11.47$118.75$133.661h
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Bertone drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1991
Chevrolet 
K3500
$125.46$65.46$60$145.091h
1998
Bentley
 
Azure
$305.45$245.45$60$379.081h
1967
Dodge 
W300 Series
$154.25$94.25$60$182.521h
2007
$395.45$335.45$60$496.081h
1966
Chevrolet 
C20 Pickup
$167.45$107.45$60$199.681h
1969
$133.85$73.85$60$1561h
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With an average annual savings of $887, Jerry can help you free up funds for the repairs your Bertone’s needs.