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1983 ford ranger 6 cylinder- my idle sticks all the time, i constantly have to tap my gas pedal to bring the rpms down.

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If tapping the pedal brings the idle down then try spraying the ends of the throttle cable with a lubricant like WD-40 or something similar and work the cable back and forth as you do it. It's likely getting stiff from time and useage. Don't be shy with it. Hope this helps.

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