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Hesitation, acts like not getting fuel

What happens is that when I am driving, it feels like the car is about to stall. It feels like it is choking so to speak or something like that. It doesn't seem to matter what speed. I try to stop losing speed by pushing on the gas pedal
more, but I have to basically floor it to have any effect and then sometimes it doesn't help and I have to pull over.

I have given it a full tune up and nothing helps

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  • nancel Jul 14, 2008

    Thank you. How can you check to see if the fuel pump is bad?



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Have a mechanic check the fuel pump and the vacuum hoses.

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2 things. come to mind.
i check the distributor advance works to spec with my timing light (strobe)
if that is ok, its a carb issue.

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we clean them. that fixes them. (with a kit)
I only have this for symptoms, and is not good.
does the engine have full power up any hill wide open throttle
is the Hesitation only a short time then catches up.
The carb (not stated P/N or brand) has jets, the if gummed up
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black spark plug tips would be #6

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