Intake Manifold Swirl Control (IMSC) Vacuum Actuated System
INTAKE MANIFOLD SWIRL CONTROL (IMSC) VACUUM ACTUATED SYSTEM
Intake Manifold Swirl Control (IMSC) - Vacuum Actuated
2.3L 4V Intake Air System
The Intake Manifold Swirl Control (IMSC) Vacuum Actuated system (Figure 106) consists of a manifold mounted vacuum actuator and a PCM controlled electric solenoid. The linkage from the actuator attaches to the manifold butterfly plate lever. The IMSC actuator and manifold are composite/plastic with a single intake air passage for each cylinder. The passage has a butterfly valve plate that blocks 60% of the opening when actuated, leaving the top of the passage open to generate turbulence. The housing uses a return spring to hold the butterfly valve plates open. The vacuum actuator houses an internal monitor circuit to provide feedback to the PCM indicating butterfly valve plate position.
Below approximately 3000 rpm , the vacuum solenoid will be energized. This will allow manifold vacuum to be applied and the butterfly valve plates to remain closed. Above approximately 3000 rpm, the vacuum solenoid will be de-energized. This will allow vacuum to vent from the actuator and the butterfly valve plates to open.
WARNING: SUBSTANTIAL OPENING AND CLOSING TORQUE IS APPLIED BY THIS SYSTEM. TO PREVENT INJURY, BE CAREFUL TO KEEP FINGERS AWAY FROM LEVER MECHANISMS WHEN ACTUATED.
The PCM monitors the TP sensor, Cylinder Head Temperature (CHT) and Crankshaft Position (CKP) signals to determine activation of the IMSC system. There must be a positive change in voltage from the TP sensor along with the increase in rpm at the proper engine temperature to open the valve plates.
The PCM uses the information from the input signals to control the IMSC electric solenoid based upon changes in throttle position, engine temperature and rpm.
The PCM energizes the solenoid with the key on engine running, vacuum is then applied to the actuator to pull the butterfly plates closed.