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Having problems with 1997 grand am starting after driving 20 miles or so

Hard to start, smells like it is flooding, won't catch starter, real rough.

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The first thing you need done is to have the engine control module scanned for fault codes, any Autozone or O'reilly auto parts does this testing for free. This testis called an OBD2 fault code test. Post the results here.

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