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My car still back fires even though my timing marks arew in line how do i solve this problem

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I don't know if that is the only problem that your car is having, but usually when a vehicle backfires it shows other symptoms, if it backfires you should also check the catylytic convertor to make sure that it isn't plugged up also, if it is you will eventually lose power and use alot of gas.

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