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1994 Toyota 4runner 08 Aug 2019 22:01 #13

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When they bring out the Halloween stuff at Walmart in a few weeks after back to school is done, look for a fog machine. They’re $30. Maybe cheaper on amazon. There’s a great YouTube video on how to use it...I’ll see if I can find it again and post it here
FYI - it works on both vacuum and evap systems. so much passes through the intake manifold and relies on good vacuum!
This isn't the original that I saw, but because it's much more obvious/dramatic, It's worth sharing.



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1994 Toyota 4runner 10 Aug 2019 11:08 #14

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thanks for video, i'll see if i can get one that has the ability to attach some hose.
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1994 Toyota 4runner 10 Aug 2019 11:31 #15

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A pleasure- I love sharing offbeat tool suggestions/solutions.

Once you’ve checked for manifold leaks, you can also look for exhaust and evap leaks with the same tool! I’ll bet on a vehicle of that vintage, you’ll find some surprises, no matter how well maintained it has been.
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1994 Toyota 4runner 10 Aug 2019 18:16 #16

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i didn't want to wait for the fog machine, i'll get it later, so i took a chance on the carb fluid to find the vacuum leak. it turned out to be the gasket for the TB. when i got it apart the gasket had somehow got folded in half and one side to the TB was not even sealed.
new gasket, redid the computer reset, drove for about 10 miles; retested for vacuum leaks (none found); I'm still experiencing the high idle. while driving all is fine and when i stop at a corner or light, idle is at 2000. if i pop the peddle it will drop to 1500, but that's still too high. is it possible i need to adjust the stops on the cable pulley's that attach to the TB?
it drives fine and sounds way better than before.
any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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1994 Toyota 4runner 11 Aug 2019 18:27 #17

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that's a definite possibility, but if you think the throttle plate is being held more open than it should, why not try lubing the throttle cable to see if something within it is possibly holding it more open than it should?
There's also the possibility of EVAP system issues - can you pull that hose off the manifold and cap it temporarily to see if that's an issue?
Further - exhaust leaks can mess with the groove too, especially if there are sticky valves - have you done the paper flap test at the tailpipe?
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1994 Toyota 4runner 13 Aug 2019 13:35 #18

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Hey Bill! Any chance you can give me the engine specs or vin# so I post some pictures of the manifold,TB,vacuum hoses?
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1994 Toyota 4runner 13 Aug 2019 14:47 #19

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6 cylinder (3VZE engine), 4x4, w/o cruise control; MT is this what you mean?

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1994 Toyota 4runner 14 Aug 2019 12:44 #20

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YUP! I am working on some pictures right now.

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1994 Toyota 4runner 14 Aug 2019 13:07 #21

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Shazzam! I hope the guru's can use the pictures to help.

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1994 Toyota 4runner 03 Jan 2020 21:46 #22

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Hi Bill, were you ever able to fix this high-idle issue?

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1994 Toyota 4runner 01 Oct 2020 20:17 #23

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the idle is fixed; i finally gave up on my attempts and took it to a Toyota mechanic. it cost me a couple hundred, but at least the car is back in service. the issue was an air flow adjust, it sounded like he adjusted a screw a few times and it was fixed. believe me, i tried adjusting every screw i could find on that TB... no change. i got the impression the screw was inside the TB.
i'm going to modify the spark plugs next and i hope to see the wire wrap for plasma and maybe try that. when i did the spark adjust on my suburban it really help the mileage and power.

thanks for all the help, i'll be back for more.
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1994 Toyota 4runner 20 Feb 2021 19:45 #24

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Wish I had been on the forum during this time, I would have mentioned those early years toyotas fuel injected engines have an idle adjustment screw on the TB. The 22 re is on top and looks like a big flat head slot. The 3.0 v6 I believe is on the side (don't quote me on that). It may be called the airflow adjust, but us shade tree's just call it the idle adjustment screw. If I have time, I'll take a picture of my son's 22re and point out what to look for. This may help others in the future.
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