4.6L, 5.4L V-8 IAC Valve Replacement

How to Replace the IAC Valve on a 4.6L or 5.4L Ford F-150

The idle air control (IAC) valve is an electronically controlled valve that allows air to bypass the throttle body. At idle, the IAC is used to meter airflow around the throttle body so that the engine may run with the throttle blade closed, which is how the 4.6L and early 5.4L engines were designed to control idle speed (as opposed to opening the throttle blade slightly to maintain idle). Carbon deposits tend to buildup around the seat of the IAC valve, causing it to function improperly. Additionally, the motor controlling the valve's position may fail in time. Signs of a dirty or failed IAC valve include engine stalling, stumbling, and/or poor idle quality. Replacing the IAC requires only basic hand tools and is not particularly time consuming.

Applicable Model Years: 1997 - 2010 Ford F-150, 4.6L & 5.4L V-8
1997 - 2003 Intake Air Control (IAC) Valve: Motorcraft CX1874
2004 - 2010 Intake Air Control (IAC) Valve: Ford 2L1Z-9F715-BA

Note that the 5.4L V-8 only used an IAC valve through the 2004 model year; 2005+ model year trucks use the throttle blade in place of an IAC valve to control idle speed. All 4.6L V-8 engines (1997 to 2010) utilize an IAC valve.

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• The IAC valve is located on the driver side rear portion of the throttle body. Remove the plastic guard that covers the throttle body with a 10 mm socket.

IAC valve location on modular V-8

• Locate the IAC valve and remove the wiring harness.

• Remove the (2) bolts securing the IAC valve in place with an 8 mm socket, then gently lift the IAC from its mount. Remove any remnants of the old gasket without dropping debris into the intake.

IAC valve removed

• If necessary, carefully clean the surface of any gasket material that may have stuck to the mounting flange. A shop vac can be used to prevent small pieces of gasket material from falling into the tubes of the mounting flange.

New IAC valve installed

• Once the mounting surface is clean, install the new gasket and IAC valve (reverse removal). Place a small amount of anti-seize compound on the tip of the mounting bolts. The bolts are coated, so corrosion isn't a huge concern. However, the anti-seize will act as a lubricant and prevent the hard steel bolts from cross threading into the soft aluminum flange.

• Tighten the (2) bolts that hold down the IAC, being careful not to overtighten as the aluminum threads can become damaged easily. Reconnect the wiring harness and reinstall the plastic cover to complete the IAC valve replacement.

new vs old IAC valve

• Comparison of the new and old IAC valves. In some instances, buildup in the valve causes it to malfunction or respond slowly, while in other instances the actuator itself stops working. If the motor still works, clean the valve and keep it as a spare.