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1990 jeep yj 2.5L idles over 2200 after engine warms up.

I replaced the tsp and nothing changed.

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It may be a bad idle control valve. spray some brake cleaner or other fuel cleaning spray directly into the idle Control valve.it is located right inside where the air cleaner duct work is removed towards the fuel system This gets dirty and builds up gunk . making you car run bad. I hope this helps you. If it does, place a vote.

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As to the 1990 Jeep YJ I asked about,engine is running, starts and idles fine. When you try to accelerate, acts sluggish until engine starts to warm up, then runs normal. Have changed the temp sensor.


Have you done a complete tune up ? To include replacing the fuel filter ? Are you the original owner of this Jeep ? If no, may have worn engine cylinders, piston rings, or bad valves. Many things could cause this problem.

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You could pay a garage to diagnose the problem cheaper than throwing more parts at it.
The problems may be connected or they may be different issues.
Yes I would change the oil and filter, but first I would make sure the fuel system is not dumping too much fuel into the cylinders.
The O2 sensor helps the computer decide on how much fuel the engine needs, along with the other sensors. And you said you have already replaced the O2 sensor.
A mechanic would take a scanner and "read" the sensors and look for something out of normal range.
The fuel pump and fuel filter are off the list as far as causing a rich mixture goes.
I would start with the rich mixture and then see if fixing that issue takes care of the no start when hot issue.
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What type of transmission do i have?


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