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Runs rough, lags, and will backfire if I push it

97 Ram 1500 1/2 ton 4wd 5.2 liter runs a little rough and feels like its not getting enough fuel and will actually backfire when I push it. it only does this when the engine is cold, runs perfect as soon as it warms up.

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This is probably one of four things or a combo thereof...dirty fuel injectors, cracked distributor tower/burned points (if it's not electronic ignition), burned valves or air/gas flow sensor if it's computer controlled (the chip is likely bad).

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