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My beetle was backfiring so i changed plugs , changed points and condensor n still it is bakcfiring , on first and second gear its backfiring n dead after 3th gear it opens up i even reset the carberator cleaned it inside out and stil got the same problem what can i do ?

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Check the firing order as you may have 2 wires crossed . Check for vacuum leaks . Have a compression test done to check for valve damage . Check the tappet clearance as an inlet valve may be held open

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