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LACK OF POWER ON TAKE OFF

HI, I RECENTLY HAD TO REPLACE MY DISTRIBUTOR AND STARTER, NOW I LACK POWER WHEN I STEP ON THE GAS ESPECIALLY WHEN THE TRUCK IS COLD.WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST OR ADVISE?

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Sounds like distributor could be in the wrong way , or out a tooth

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