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After changing starter i was told i had to have the computer reset as the car will not start is this a common thing with these cars

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Was the starter changed or the key and tumbler on the column?

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Since spraying starting fluid in the car it runs, tells you that the problem is fuel related. You need to check the fuel system step by step completely. It seems you have done some of the checks already, but you don't say weather you checked if you get fuel on both sides of the fuel filter. If you only get fuel on the inlet side and not the outlet, your fuel filter is clogged, so replace it and recheck. If no fuel on either side and you say the fuel pump works check the fuel pump relay. Don't just replace the computer before all checks are made the relay, fuse and grounds, etc. This can be tiresome but can also save alot of money if you check system and don't skip steps you'll find your problem.

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