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Idles too low

My '94 Tercel idles too low when stopped, but when it's driving it's fine. I replaced the spark plugs thinking that it may have been missing in one cylinder but it's only gotten worse. I had to adjust the throttle cable to get it to stop stalling. Maybe it's a clogged fuel injector? Any suggestions?

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A clogged fuel injector would make the engine shake, and your power would be compromised.
Whe you changed the plugs, did you put Toyota plugs in, or a different brand? More often than not, using any other plug than plugs bought at a Toy dealer can make the engine run worse. The engines are designed with a specific plug. Also, replace the wires if they are older than 5 years.

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