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I have a 4.9 liter efi 1988 ford f250 manual transmission The idle is rough starting, sometimes it will die. it will chug and jump untill i hit about 30 miles per hour. once its warm, it will idle better, but once i kill the engine and and start it back up it wants to chug and jump again.

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