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Most likely a burnt valve, the head will need to come off, if the the valves are OK then the piston rings are at fault, but the valve is the most common cause, this is not a cheap repair, well over a thousand I would think unless you can do it yourself..

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Chck the obvious first. the spark plugs must be checked that they are all in good condition. not burnt, the gap must be good( for your engine).Check the wires and coil so that good spark is obtained. Blue spark , not weak yellow spark. After everything is good. Check the cylinders to see if they have compression. To test the cylinders do the procedures shown below.

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