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My truck sputs and sputters when i start it and it has a strong gas smell when it is running. When i'm driving the truck hesitates alot like it's not getting enough gas or it's a bad mixture of air and gas. I've done a full tune up on it.

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Change the fuel filter this may solve your problem

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