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I have 1988 vw Cabriolet I just bought. Timing

I have 1988 vw Cabriolet I just bought. Timing belt slipped, so I put a new timing belt on, but Im not getting fuel to cylinders, if I spray the cylinders the engine will fire, so I know the timing is right. Do you have any suggestions

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Check the fuel pump, it may not be functioning.

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