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Old 01-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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Is idle relearn necessary?

Dealer replaced battery under warranty on 2011 gt. Had a dead cell. I asked if they did the idle relearn as stated in owners manual. They said it wasn't necessary because the computer will learn my driving habits over time. There are no drivability issues and it idles normal. Should I do the idle relearn my self or don't worry about it?
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Dealer replaced battery under warranty on 2011 gt. Had a dead cell. I asked if they did the idle relearn as stated in owners manual. They said it wasn't necessary because the computer will learn my driving habits over time. There are no drivability issues and it idles normal. Should I do the idle relearn my self or don't worry about it?
They are not wrong. The car will learn the same thing the idle relearn does over time.

Personally all the times I have tuned my car and never had it idle funny and never done a relearn.

If it is idling fine and driving normal I wouldn't worry about it.
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They are not wrong. The car will learn the same thing the idle relearn does over time.

Personally all the times I have tuned my car and never had it idle funny and never done a relearn.

If it is idling fine and driving normal I wouldn't worry about it.
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Anytime the battery is disconnected it starts the relearn process over. If it was idling funny you could do it again, but since it's normal don't worry about it.
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Dealer replaced battery under warranty on 2011 gt. Had a dead cell. I asked if they did the idle relearn as stated in owners manual. They said it wasn't necessary because the computer will learn my driving habits over time. There are no drivability issues and it idles normal. Should I do the idle relearn my self or don't worry about it?
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If the car is idling and running fine than I wouldn't worry about it. The purpose of the idle relearn sequence is to speed up the learning process by hitting all of the necessary positions/parameters in the PCM. If you do have a drive ability issue because the idle relearn hasn't been preformed immediately, it would eventually go away from just normal driving. Most people don't want to wait to hit all of these positions/parameters in the PCM over a long period time, but as quickly as possible, thus the idle relearn sequence was made.

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Thanks for rhe responses. No idle issues. Drove 250 highway miles and noticed gas mileage was less than previous trips. Averaged 20.9 to destination and went up to 22.8 on trip back, running 80 to 85 mph entire way. Kind of crappy considering I average almost 24 on same trip. Hopefully parameters are being learned.
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