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Engine will only keep run by pumping throttle

76 Eldorado 500 CU IN fuel injected..... Have changed plugs, set timing changed fuel filters, fuel pump and some injestor nozzels.... the only thing left to change is the ECU or have the Fuel Injector accelerator pump overhaul...... I don't know what else to do.
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Hi there,

first thing to do is check the fuel flow - clean the in-line as you did and change the canister filter. Also check for any blockages / kinks in the fuel line etc. Vent opened on tank if applicable

Would the engine rev up when out of gear ?

Also check your ignition switch,check spark, fuel pump, voltage regulator,pick up coil in dist,

Let me know for further clarification.


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You can remove the water crossover tube if it is in your way, but drain about a 1/2 gallon of coolant before your remove the crossover.

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