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Do you know which cylinder is faulty? if so it could be the spark plug or the spark plug lead or even a problem with the valves, check the compression to rule out a problem with the valves,it could also be a leaking intake manifold or a fuel injector ( if it is fuel injected).....hope this helps.....cheers

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