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Rpm is too high

My tempo was runing but it needed a transmission .and every seen i replace the tranny i can,t trun on the engine because the rpm is so high that i can see smoke coming from the srpintine can i turn down the rpm

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  • johnnythe1 Oct 30, 2008

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Loosen the throttle lines under the hood...
if not that then tell your mechanic

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