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Comes On Then Turns Off

Car has been stored in dad's garage for three years now and has over 100,000 miles on the odometer. Wanted to start it up again so he replaced the battery and fuel filter. When he turns the ignition key the car turns on but as soon as he lets the key spring back into the ON position the car will shut off. Any idea what could be causing this?

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Bad gas, it will be... fuel doen't last 3 year, and E10 less.(USA uses E10 fuel, 10% ethanol, that is a water magnet)
and the fuel will clog the 10micron sized screens in the injectors.
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