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1996 triumph thunderbird poor cold starting, motor turns over ok and you can hear it firing but it won't pick up

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Sounds like condensation has formed in the tank,SG of water is heavier so it falls to bottom of the tank, this fuel/water mix will not combust properley. Caution , it sould be drained off into a jar to confirm, from the fuel tap(on main and reserve might be an idea.) The carb bowls will need draining as well, as the fuel that there is, is sitting on top of the water. Although fuel and water dont mix, water and alcohol do,dso does fuel and alcohol. put a litre of Methylated Spirit in the tank, that will scavenge the water and resolve the issue. The RON of alcohol is lower , so will burn hotter, and "pink" therefore top up tank with petrol asap. long term the solution is to keep the tank topped up and no condensation will form.
Old fuel will show the same symptoms, especially lead free.

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