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When i begin to crank my vehicle it starts up but then it dies, so i turn the key and crank it again give it throttle and tap it and it will then stay on but at first at idle it sputters alittle, my check engine light isn't on and it has only come on a few times then went off

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  • Damian Lyman May 11, 2010

    Can you keep it running or does it stall?



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One of many things one sounds like water in the gas -put in some dry gas and check the wires for cracks or tears sounds like its not getting the full spark check at night with the hood up and kind of  light show under the hood change the wires and they are only about $15 bucks and up

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