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Enging will not stay running unless I keep gas pedal depressed.

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Pour some fuel system cleaner into your tank and that should fix your problem

Posted on May 22, 2011

  • Anonymous May 22, 2011

    I'll try that, but the catalytic converter has been rattling - I'm wondering if that has failed permanently and clogged....the exhaust coming out (while choke was engaged) was rich with gas and black. No oxygen??

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