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Trouble starting car

My car starts up fine after it has been sitting for a while. But it has problems cranking if it were recently (2hrs. or less) turned off..almost as if not enough gas is getting to the engine to crank it. Could this be one major problem? Or a list of smaller issues contributing?

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Sounds like fuel pressure is bleeding off. This could have a relatively simple solution but not necessarily cheep. The fuel filter on your vehicle is also the fuel pressure regulator. Replacing it may solve you issue. I would check fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge first. You should see fuel pressure hold for a long time when the key is shut off. If fuel pressure drops quickly (I suspect it does). Than I wouldn't hesitate to start with replacing the fuel filter. This filter is not cheap and will run you about $80 to $100 dollars off the top of my head. It is located under the vehicle on the drivers side just in Front of the rear tire. Once the filter is changed check fuel pressure again. If it holds than the problem is solved. If it still does not hold that the fuel pump is the problem. The catch is that you have not

Posted on Feb 25, 2012

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    Jeremy W. Feb 25, 2012

    Sorry about that, big figures little iPad! :)

    The catch is you have not wasted your money on the fuel filter since replacing it is recommended when you replace the fuel pump so it makes sense to start with the filter first.

    Let me know how it goes!

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