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If it were me and I had access to a garage and some time, I would pull the throttle body off and clean it. Get yourself several cans of the cheapest carb cleaner you can find and spray the hell out of it. MAke it shine. Get all the ports, everything. Then, get some cans of brakleen (the stuff in red that's chlorinated - it works better, trust me) and spray everything down again. This will get the residue off. Let that evaporate and put it all back together. Fill the tank and put 2-3 bottles of fuel injector cleaner in it and run the hell out of it for a while. See if it will clear up. For the hard starting, it sounds like the idle air control valve is stuck or clogged. If you clean the TB that will clean that also. If your fuel gauge doesn't work that will trip a CEL also. Give that a try. Will cost you about $25 and a couple of hours to clean it all.

HTH

JB
 
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