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Frequently will crank but not start

Car will crank but not start. Must wait various lengths of time and attempts until it starts. Happens when engine is warm or cold. When engine is warm idle starts acting like car will die feels like hesitation or slipping on acceleration. Must stop and turn car off. start it again right away and it drives fine.

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The problem must be with the batteries. check the voltage levels of the battery using a voltmeter. if it goes lower that 10v and fast dying, then replace them. and also check the alternator charging the battery for any charging problem.

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