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I have a 1988 nissan pathfinder that we just put new plugs, plugwires, distributer cap and roter button in and it starts great and idols but when i step on the gas it cuts out and backfires. i have tried everything that i know to fix it and ran out of ideas.

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Chek the throttle sensor and mass air flow sensors.

You did not mention at timing you have the engine, it should be at 8 degrees BTDC.

Sugges you have the crank angle sensor check out also. Is inside the distributor, and last check your power transistor, it has a screw and nut in the back, gets very rusty and prevents good ground contact.

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