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A car won't start without compression.
Request the compression numbers from him, if he hesitates he's probably trying to rip you off.

Randomly not starting could be a half dead fuel pump or just a loose connection under the hood causing sporadic spark to the plugs.

Posted on Feb 08, 2012

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