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1999 2 0 Mercury Tracer very hard start & rough idle then dies

Have replaced spark plugs, wires, timing belt, Throttle Body and Sensor, Idle control valve, mass air flow unit. These are the areas that came back bad from the car's computer when I ran the OBDII Car Reader. 248K on car and did not run when I got it. Frustrated and could use some help. Thanks.

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Are you getting fuel to the engine? are you getting spark? check fule pump cut off switch on drivers side kick panel. good luck.

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