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Cold weather does not start

Not plugged in. Turns over but does not start. Fuel tank 3/4 full. No isopropyl in fuel. What to try?

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Need to listen for fuel pump humm for proper operation. Shoud humm for about 3 seconds with key turned in the on position. Humm will sound from gas tank where the pump is located. If it does not humm. possible Faulty Fuel pump relay or pump. It will need ferther diagnosis.

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