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Sedan I was driving the car @ about 40mph and out of the blue the car backfired and started blowing out black smoke from the tailpipe. it then started to run really ruff. it was like half my plugs and wires fouled out. i've replaced the distributor cap and coil about 3 months ago with brand new ones. what's up with my car?

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It's been my experience that when that happens you almost certainly spit a couple of teeth on your timingbelt/chain/gears.

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