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No power in Drive, Reverse or 1st and 2nd gear misses and backfires, installed a new fuel filter but did not solve the problem, inside of air cleaner has carbon residue on it also. it was newer also

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Have you checked that the gearbox/transmittion fluid is at the correct level ??

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