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Cold start-extremely rough idle-Shakes,smell fuel

When starting in morning- extremely rough idle , shakes violently, black smoke out tailpipe, THEN shut -off ignition. Try again and it will start and run fine

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Black smoke means buring rich. Have the vehicle's ECU scanned for codes and do the repair the codes describe. I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and say Mass Air Flow Sensor.(MAF)

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