We figure you’re not the type of person who likes to start their car constantly. That’s what’s happening, isn’t it? We feel you. Choosing an idle control motor is a fairly straightforward affair. There are, however, still a couple of factors that you have to take into careful consideration to make sure that you find the right one.
OEM v replacement
Most people like to go for OEM because they believe that price dictates quality. The aftermarket today, however, has gotten highly competitive and replacement parts manufacturers now focus on great quality.
So, in considering OEM versus replacement, it comes down to build quality over everything else. Motors are a coming together of many different gears or all shapes and sizes, an electric capacitor to store energy, and a transistor to transform that energy into motion.
Look at the specifications of the motor you are getting, and check that they are using the most sturdy of metals for the gears—copper is cheaper but much more flimsy; go for steel or aluminum. Check that the capacitor and transistor is rated to the correct specs for your ride.
Fit is foremost
Whether you are an OEM-diehard or a replacement-hipster, this next bit is most important. When buying an idle control motor, always refer to your owner’s manual for the specific part number or, failing that, search for a motor based on the exact year, make, and model that you drive around in. We cannot emphasize exactness enough.
It’s not simply about the physical fit, you see. Even the wiring layout between vehicles varies. Not by much, but even one or two wires less is enough to throw a spanner in the works and render your purchase ineffectual.
Here’s where online retailers can help you out quite a bit. Most good online retailers have drop down options that help you refine your search with a high degree of specificity. With these, you make things so much easier for yourself by limiting the choices to those that will fit you. In fact, the only thing left to worry about is how much money to invest!