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Hello,my 1983 ford ranger doesn't start it does smell like gas when im cranking it over .ive had rebilut carb,cap rotor ,has good spark on new plugs ,new fuel pump,new filter and carb is getting gas.im wondering if its the solenoid on side of carb which clicks as soon as I turn ignition on maybe giving it to much gas?

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That solenoid is the electric choke and it will flood the truck out if it's not working properly, have you tried to hold the butterfly opened while cranking it, if it starts then, you can unplug the connector to the choke and run it, it just might be hard to start when it's cold.

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