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Possible water in the gas tank

Missing gas cap, lots of rain. car sputters in exceleration. runs rough, bled fuel line and runs better for a short time. help single mom!

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Need to bleed the fuel line agian, change the fuel filter and get a gas cap from any auto shop. or from ebay.com

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