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2006 chevy malibu wont start unless i hit the gas pedal

I'm in the process of trying to clean the throttle body with brake cleaner and a rag. I know it's not the fuel pump because the car runs fine when i tap the gas to start it. I'm not sure what this problem could be and noone else has apparently found a solution either!

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  • Tony Patrone
    Tony Patrone Mar 30, 2014

    I took the liberty of breaking down all the possible solutions to problem. #1 it's not the spark plugs, injectors, fuel pump or fuel filter. After checking everything plausable, I've come to the conclusion that it is either the carbon build up, or the throttle body position sensor is sticking and needs to be replaced. After tapping on the throttle body position sensor and cleaning the front end opening of the throttle body with a rag and brake cleaner, the car started right up on the first try.

  • Tony Patrone
    Tony Patrone Mar 30, 2014

    More than likely possibility: The gas pedal makes an "unsticking sound" when you tap the pedal while driving. If you hear this same noise while your driving and have to tap the gas in order to start your chevy malibu then you and I have the same problem! This issue is very common with every single chevy malibu

  • Colleen Stevens
    Colleen Stevens Mar 31, 2014

    If the fuel pump is working properly, you shouldn't need to push down the gas pedal in order for it to start. It could easily be a fuel pump issue. When you turn the key to start it do you wait a few seconds to allow the fuel pump to engage? Another possibility is your fuel injectors may need a good cleaning.

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It will be a good idea to clean injector. It's a good thinking to clean throttle body......never forget for good combustion you need AIR,good FUEL,and good spark
when you need to crack up the throttle plate to start means throttle body dirty and IAC valve dirty or not working properly
hope it helps

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