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1992 Toyota Corolla engine surge on idle only after long duration drive

My idle speed surges up and down after driving long periods. Okay around town. Just took a long trip. Whenever I would pull over to fill gas, my idle speed would surge up and down at about 1200 - 2000 RPM and gradually increase even faster. No vacuum leaks. The car runs great otherwise. If I turn off engine, returns to normal after several minutes. Everything is fine on short distance drives, like 15 miles. When surging, pulled off TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) wire, and speed stayed at very high RPM. Could TPS be problem? I removed TPS cover. At idle setting, bottom contact is engaged. As I turn throttle, as things rotate and move, I noticed that the top contact doesn't actually touch. It's a few thou away from actually making contact. Is my TPS bad? If yes, if I bend upper contact down so it'll touch, would this fix problem? Also, at very slow speeds, I noticed that "sometimes" I have difficulty driving slow. Speed wants to bounce up/down a bit, although everything else is great, and no engine surge. As I mentioned, car runs great otherwise. Last question. If it's TPS, can I replace it myself, or do I need a shop to adjust the angle perfectly? Thanks.

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(which engine. ?????)_
as always check all fuses. and scan the ECU for DTCs. first.
there is no need to fix OBD2 cars like 1980 cars (hard rows to hoe)
it can be 2 problems this......
lets fix the easy one first. idle. (and hope for moving issues to fix for free) it idle car is parked, so is 100% safe tests. (not moving)

so it surges at idle.
questions.?
1: hot or cold or both.?
2: low extreme RPM and high at idle.

400 to 800 RPM? surge.
1000 to 2000. what? numbers tell the tale.

first off, idle is the last thing to work right on any engine.

there are many ways to find what is wrong.
fix idle surge way.
i make sure that the engine holds closed LOOP status.
hot idle, if not , i fix that first.
keep in mind if not in closes loop and lean
all lean engine surge and guess what the ISC will add to the surge
because idle is way too slow, so the ECU open the ISC wider
and wider and its still too slow, so the ECU resets the ISC
this cause a worst hunt (surge)
the ECU adjust spark time and the ISC to get 800 rpm. (spec. look up yours)
so say , i see closed loop failed, OBD2 scan page 1
i look at the O2 sensor an its stuck lean.
if stuck lean and it really is (o2 bad?) then its lean and it will surge
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examples.
1: i find 02 sensor bad, (only effects idle and light steady cruise)
2: i find fuel pressure at 15PSI , hopeless low .
3: i find all injectors clogged. and lean.
4: with MAF EFI, ( i find maf reading too low, (dirty) causing lean.
5: if MAP car, i find the MAP stuck hard high vacuum causing lean.
not knowing what engine you have or the idle hot surge range,
i can not go farther.

the driving bog tells me,
1: scan the ecu ,get DTCs; do that first.
2: clean MAF if car has one, ask how..
3: check fuel pressure.


my guess is engine is lean. and starving for fuel all the time.
cept WOT.

MAF cars starve for fuel if there are any vacuum leaks.
MAP cars do opposite, they race fast with 100% full power.
MAF is air density EFI
MAP is speed density EFI.
apples and oranges diffr. so what engine.


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