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Truck starts, but has a hard time staying running. smells like gas under hood and smokes. could my carburetor be bad?

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I wouldn't say that the carburator is bad, but it may have some defective components in it, like a sticking float or leaking gasket. Can you see any fuel leaking in or around the carb? You can purchase a carburator rebuild kit at most autoparts stores. You must have the right number for the carb. There is usually a metal tag attached under one of the bolts that hold the carb to the throttle body that will have the number on it and sometimes it is stamped on the carburator body. Before you dig into the carburator, however, check for more mundane causes, like a faulty or fouled spark plug. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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