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Problem staring I have replaced the starter spark plugs fulel filter and batterie and my car still takes about 10 seconds to full gain power. also since Ive replaced these items the car has shut off. But regained power after about 10 second offturning the ignition.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do a leak down test on the fuel pump, hook up a fuel pressure test guage to the fuel pressure test port near the injectors and run the engine for a moment, shut it down and watch the fuel pressure, it should not drop more than 4 PSI in 24 hours, if it does this is the source of your long crank times.

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Check the fuel pressure regulator, check for good fuel pressure from the fuel pump, and check for any vacuum leaks. make sure all the sensors are plugged in too.

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