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Car starts nbut won't run

I was driving yesterday for the thanksgiving holiday. i drove about 180 miles. Along the way we made stops and the car restarted fine and was running fine. We went to make a quick stop a few miles from our destination. When i started the car, it started but died after a few seconds. Thats the condition it is in now. It will start but then dies after a couple of seconds. If you leave the key in the start position it will sort of stay running but as soon as i let the key return to its normal position it dies again. I have some tools in the car, i have successfully done some mechanical work in the past changing alternators, brakes, various parts, but I'm not experienced but not completely incompetent either. The car is sitting couple of miles from here in a cvs parking lot, where would you start? any ideas about this problem. obviously they don't have a machine to read the check engine code at cvs and I'm not having it towed to auto zone so spare me that starting point please. what can cause this problem? and do i have a snowballs chance in hell of fixing it myself?

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Depends. What car is it, year model and everything? Car/truck/suv? The vehicle turning over because of you using the starter doesn't mean that it's running or even getting spark. The obvious question is does it have gas? If it does have fuel but it's not reaching the engine, it is more than likely the fuel pump. Fuel pumps can go out without any warning but I really need to know what type of vehicle before I can really give any help.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013

  • xander82 Nov 28, 2013

    Sorry, I just noticed the vehicle. How many miles does it have? The Kia's are notorious for the timing belts going out. They have a specific mileage that they are suppose to be changed at and if they aren't, they tend to just go out within 5k miles.

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Have the charging system rechecked. It sound an AWFUL lot like an alternator not charging the battery to me.

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Start with the simple and replace the fuel filter. The fuel filter should be replaced every 15,000 miles or once a year to ensure the fuel system is running 100%. Auto Zone will have the fuel filter and can give you the step by step instructions to getting the job done with common tools. If it's the fuel pump failure, you have not gotten the car restarted. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to know you got your car running 100% again soon and please rate.

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I had the same problem along with a rough idle and found out it was my EVAP canister.

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