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Won't start after sitting for a year, new battery

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Your carb needs going through. The gasoline in the float bowl had evaporated leaving the thick additves to clog up your jets. The carb must be disassembled and soaked in carb cleaner overnight and reassembled. If it fuel injected, you've got bigger problems as the injectors are the same way.

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