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1991 tercel rough run and smoke from under hood at times

I have a 1991 tercel that sometimes runs rough and white smoke comes out from under the hood. I have replaced the distributor cap and rotor, wires and plugs but it still does it. It happens most when you first start it up and when you are idling at a light. It seems to go away when the rpms are higher.

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  • Matt Moss Jan 11, 2009

    the rad was just replaced and the antifreeze level is good. would an antifreeze leak cause a rough run?

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Check for antifreeze leak, make white smoke under hood, and check your antifreeze level

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