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1999 Saturn Hard Start

I have a 1999 Saturn that has a hard start issue..It will start only when holding the gas pedal to the floor and turning it over and over. once it does start it will idle and run fine..I have replaced the plugs and the pcv valve and need some advice before I start the process of elimination..Please Help

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Sounds like the fuel pressure regulator is leaking down

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