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How can I tell if my fuel line is clogged? I've changed the fuel filter and the gas was so terrible that I ended up having to change the filter a 2nd time. This is on a car that's been sitting for the last 10 years. It will start but then putzes out pretty quickly and I can't get it to idle properly. Any thoughts?

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Definitely drain the tank, and get rid of that old fuel. Flush the tank til it is clean, put in brand new fuel and another new fuel filter. Joe

4 thumbs up please for this spot on answer for free. thanks. J.

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