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Replaced pump won't run unless you prime throttle

I replaced fuel pump and fuel filter also pressure regulator but won't run you prime throttle could injectors be stopped up or is there something else that could be wrong

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I assume that you mean that that you have to keep your foot on the gas pedal to keep it running if this is the case I would replace the idle air control solenoid or IAC as it mostly called it is a ez fix it is located on top of the engine in plain site with two 8mm bolts it will take about 10 minutes start to finish, again I am saying this with the above guess if this is not true I will need more info.

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