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Has a code of mutiple misfire, 3 plugs in back burned off. also has a badly leaking exhaust manifold gasket would that cause the misfire?

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It can, will **** air in and make the o2 sensor think car is running lean and computer richens fuel mixture,also with the leak, make sure plugwires are good and not brunt and misfiring,these engines have problems with injectors, they get clogged,a good fuel injector cleaning works 95% of the time, but done with fuel system machine, not putting a cleaner in gas tank, and last is to check fuel preasure regulator for leaking gas out of the vaccum port, start with these things first, good luck.

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