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Truck is eatting up gass

I cant figer out wy my 88 ranger is eatting up so much gass.i have tried all the littel thing like spark plugs /air filter/gass filter ex. nothing seems to work

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You do not say if is has a loss of power or not ,but you might want to check it for a plugged exhaust system. Or at least a partially plugged exhaust system.

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