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Not starting and fuse keeps blowing, no dashboard instruments working

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Check to see if your getting any fuel to the engine

Posted on Oct 14, 2013

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    Gary Gans Oct 14, 2013

    Fuel delivery is fine. Car started once and I drove it 20 feet before fuse blew again.

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