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I have a 1987 Ford Tempo 2.3 Liter that has a high Idle problem. Would the cuse be diagnosed electronically before I replace piece by poece?

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Two simple ways to quick check. One is to pour cup full amounts of water over the vacuum lines and vacuum connectors and listen for hissing, thus locating a vacuum leak. The other way is to tap on the idle air control motor to see if it brings down the idle.

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