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Car cranks but doesn't start and no fuel pressure

My car cranks but doesn't start i changed the starter and fuel filter, it now cranks and acts like its going to start but dies after a second or two. I checked the fuel pressure and there is no pressure at all. But at times there seems to be good pressure but now its as if it has lost all pressure, fuel pump works. What should I do to fix this problem?

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  • theozzman86 Oct 16, 2008

    even if i can hear the pump running?

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The fuel pump is probably bad, bad pumps can produce some pressure at times but not enough to run the car.

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  • hansandfranz Oct 18, 2008

    pumps can be noisy and not produce much pressure. but if your car starts what is the pressure before starting. if the pressure drops after it is started the oil pressure switch could also be a culprit. the fuel pump gets its power throught this switch after the engine is running

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