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Engine won't idle

I have a 1992 toyota tercel. lately it won't idle. it starts and runs with your foot on the gas a little. but when running smell like it is running rich. and my gas mileage has gone way down

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Problem sounds like IAC (idle air control) or EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) Is there a check engine (MIL) light on with rhe issue. I just replaced an EGR valve on a camry this weekend with the same issue.

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