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1987 ford tempo 2.3 Litre fuel injected will idle

1987 ford tempo 2.3 Litre fuel injected automatic transmission
will idle only at approx. 1000 RPM
Have seen it idle at 800 RPM on a highly intermittent basis (almost never).

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This sometimes occurs with age due to egr and intake becoming carbon filled , inturn requireing more vacuum inturn raising rpm to keep up , check all vac lines for poss leaks this will cause prob , to check for leaks crank engine let idle use can of wd40 or starting fluid and spray lightly around suspected area , if rpms raise when u spray then u have found ur leak

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