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1994 Toyota Tercel idle

I just bought a '94 Tercel. It runs great but idles rough at stop signs and lights. It seems to only do this after it's warmed up. Please help.

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Mine did the same thing. Try adjusting the idle. But if you adjust it too much it may run rich

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