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Flooded engine how to start a 3.7 dakota 2004 flooded engine

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Doesn\'t sound like its flooded Sarah. Sorry, I know that would be a nice simple solution but the facts don\'t add up. Any petrol on the spark plugs would evaporate after an hour or so, so starting it on Saturday would not have affected it this morning. A lot depends on what sort of car it is, but if it\'s an old one with a distributor you could have problems with a faulty distributor cap or distributor leads. If it was damp this morning that would highlight the problem by causing the spark to short across the fault. You could try drying the area around the leads with a hair dryer and see if it starts but be warned - don\'t use anything hotter and certainly never a naked flame. Singed eyebrows or worse..

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If your car is fuel injected (no carb) then while cranking, try holding the gas pedal to the floor - this should cut off fuel supply to the injectors. If you need to crank multiple times, don't turn the key to the off position - turn back to ACC.



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