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Truck turns over but wont start

The truck use to work good. sat for 1 year we changed the battery, fuel filter, fuel pump , spark plugs, plug wires, check all the fuses but it still wont start

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Check for spark, check for fuel, check fuses and relays, replace old oil,old fuel 

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