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I empty gas tank and put new gas. could it be something is clogged?

Someone pour sugar in the gas tank witch i did not have no idea. I ran the car for a while and the car the next day did not wanted to start. the only way it start is by spraing gas thru the intake.

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Your fuel injectors may be clogged up, but change your fuel filter first.

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It is a myth that sugar will mess your car up. Sugar does not dissolve in gas, it will just sit in the bottom of the gas tank. You will need to drop the tank and have it cleaned, and replace the in-tank fuel filter, but anything upstream of the fuel filter will be okay.

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