Different Idles?

Are there different idles for cruising and at a stop? My car seems to idle a couple hundred rpms higher until I coast down to below 5 mph then it drops what I'm guessing is its actual idle. My issue is sometimes my car will die during this transition. Its especially embarrassing in parking lots. The car is tuned with rock solid AFR so I assume its running correctly beyond this.
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10 Year Member
Jul 19, 2007
Vernon BC
There's more to tuning than a rock solid AFR. I suspect it's in the tune to the extent that the tuner probably didn't spend much time tweaking the idle parameter options. These might be:
Hi Idle Car Speed X MPH
Hi Idle RPM Offset X rpm
Hi Idle Wait Time X Sec
Idle Off if TP over X %
Idle On if TP Below X %
Idle FB Above X rpm
Idle FB Below X rpm
Idle A/C Load Comp X %
A/C On Delay X Sec

I can see where a couple of these parameters can, if not set correctly, can cause an idle issue.


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Mar 10, 2000
Dublin GA
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