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I replaced thermostat and sensor. Now it seems to run hot. It failed emissions. all three Nox, Co, and Hc. I replaced plugs, wires, Distributor cap and rotor. Pcv valve, Air filter. Now what??

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Sounds like it's running rich Maybe overcharging alternator

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Check that you replace the thermostat in the correct way as it it is in back to front it will cause over heating or run hot.. Next run fault codes to find which sensors are failed as it may be the O2
sensors and canister purge solenoids at fault.

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O2 sensor helped me but not enough to pass. Loosen your distributor bolts, one on each side, turn your distributor counter clock wise about 1/4 inch and tighten bolts. This will raise your CO but should reduce the NOX. When the vehicle is passed, undo the changes.

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