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1989 tempo 2.3 4 cyl 5 speed, runs w/ starter fluid

The fuel injectors, fuel filter and air filter have been replaced, this car sat for 2+ years garaged not running. now it will run only if you spray starter fluid into the air intake( when you do this it,ll run great till the starter fluid can goes empty). the gas gague doesn,t work but the fuel pump was able to empty the gas tank,then i put new gas in w/ injector cleaner into tank. i have several more things to fix on this car but need to have it running first. hope someone might know what i need to do to get it running. thanks,
joe

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Hi, The carb is gummed up from sitting. The best solution is to take it apart and clean it. The starter fluid indicates that it has clogged jets or stuck floats. The good news is that if it cranks with the starter fluid everything else is probably OK. Good Luck!

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