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The car is very heavy on gasoline

The car is very heavy on fuel and i dont know what the problem is i think it is the choke that is stuck how can i fix it myself

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Raise the hood of your car and find the air cleaner.
It should be on top of your engine. It is usually large and maybe round, and usually black.
It is usually held in place with a wing nut.
Remove the top of the air cleaner, and look down inside this.
There should be a hole about 2-3 inches across.
This is the top of the carburetor, if your car has one.
There is a flap you should see inside the top of the carburetor throat. That is the choke flap.
That should be open when the engine is hot, and nearly closed when the engine is cold.
If that flap is sticking, it will stick nearly closed, increasing your fuel consumption.
You may be able to check if it is stuck by moving it with your finger.
You can buy a spray can of carburetor cleaner at the car parts store, and spray that flap, and free it up to work better.
Follow the instructions on the can.

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