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worn throttle slide may cause erratic run-
ning and idling, but this is likely only after
many thousands of miles of use. T o check,
remove the carburetor top and feel for back
and forth movement of the slide in the bore; it
should be barely perceptible. Inspect the slide
for large worn areas and replace it if it is less
than perfect (Figure 8).
If the fuel system is satisfactory, check igni-
tion timing and breaker point gap (air gap in
electronic ignition). Check the condition of the
system components as well. Ignition-caused idl-
ing problems such as erratic running can be the
fault of marginal components. See the electrical
system chapter for appropriate tests.
Rough Running or Misfiring
Misfiring (see Figure 9) is usually caused by
an ignition problem. First, check all ignition
connections (Figure 10). They should be clean,
dry, and tight. Don't forget the kill switch; a
loose connection can create a n intermittent
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