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My mustang is a carburated engine and it is idleing up and down it also is loosing power when i drive it and gas milage is going to the dogs. could this be just a spark plug issue or is it deeper than that like the carb is messed up.

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I love older cars. If they get gas and get fire, something occurs. I really would like more detail on what's happening with the car (symptoms)... but I'll throw a few bones out there.
If the engine is dying while driving, I would have to check out a few things...
Fuel issues, assuming the fuel pump is ok:
1. If it tends to die as you give it gas, it's possible the fuel filter is clogged enough to starve the carburator.
2. Is the carburator flooding out?... should be able to smell gas and it wouldn't want to crank readily.
3. Is there condensation in the carburator from "bad gas"? Get a fuel addative and pour it in your tank. It'll evaporate condensation build-up in the tank and carb as you run the engine.
Electronic issues:
1. If it runs great at all revolutions but suddenly dies, I would look at any loose wiring connections at the coil. Also check the hot wire to the coil and insure it isn't arcing on the engine due to burned off insulation.
2. Make sure your points/condensor are good and points gapped properly.
3. If it backfires out the carburator or exhaust when you give it gas, the timing is off a hair...
I may have missed a point or two, but these are pretty basic trouble spots. I hope we nailed it.
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the problem you are stating here could be a combination of problems, meaning it could not be solve with a single solution.

based from your description, it could be starving fom gas .

it would starve from gas if the filter is clogged( fuel filter) then before the carburator, there is still a strainer. might be a good place to check that one too.

then the tank as your mechanic has stated, could be dirty and needs to go down.
another thing to look at the tank is the water. since it is getting cold, water condensate couls slip in specially on cold weather.

then the carburator itself. it may have a clogged cavity or dirt could have accumulated and could not be solve by spraying with carburator cleaners.

try those things first and thanks for asking me,


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