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Engine starts, but won't stay started unless I step on the gas.

Hi, I own a 1996 I-4 2WD 4 door. It has 201084 miles. My mechanic told me I need to change my timing belt soon. Need a new water pump, as well as a couple other things. I haven't taken this problem to my mechanic yet, because the last time I was about to go, when the problem first showed, the car started perfectly. Today, about 2 weeks later, it took a couple tries to get the engine started. Oh, it is winter here in Chicago.

Is it a battery issue? My battery is now at least 5-7 years old, from memory.
Is it my timing belt?
Is it just the cold weather? I never had this problem before.

Any help with this matter will be much appreciated. I don't have time to go to the mechanic for at least another couple weeks.

Stephen

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  • agapean Dec 04, 2008

    I just noticed the title gets cut off a little... but my engine will stay on when I press the accelerator to rev the engine.

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It sounds like to me your mechanic recommened you change your timing belt and water pump due to a maintance issue. If vehicle still runs good with old timing belt new belt wont change running. Cold weather and low cranking amps (poor battery) will cause starting problems.

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