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Wont cold start 1997 intrpid 3.5l

If you start the car, 1 minute later shout off then try to restart a short while later,
wont start
can smell gas after several tries and sounds like it wants to fire like a wet distributer sounds
this is the second time this happened
last time I let set for 24 hours and it started right up
both times have been under the same condition quick start to just move car arround in the driveway

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  • bjmolnar Dec 15, 2008

    with in the last 6 months car runs fine



    it started right up again after letting sit for 24 hours



    almost like that short start cause it to flood out



    not sure what lets it cold start like a choke would in a carbed engine?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    When was last tune-up, service & wires checked ?

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A faulty Intake air temperature sensor can cause that. If it's faulty and supplying computer with a signal that says it's freezing cold, when its not, then it would cause it to dump excessive fuel, when it isn't necessary. Might be smart & cheaper, to run it in and have it scanned for codes, at an auto parts place, or trusted mechanic. With all these sensors that can cause similar symptoms, why gamble, have it scanned & know for sure.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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