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I have a 2001 F-150. Tried starting it yesterday. No go. While it almost turned over, I gave it just a little tap on the gas which probably flooded it. What do I do now?

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Hello Ross...have your battery charged and load tested to ensure it is taking a charge and providing adequate power to start your vehicle.

It sounds like a battery problem or a charging system problem. If your battery needs a charge and you get it charged up and tested and its good... then you can focus on the regulator/alternator..these are the components that keep your battery charged up during regular day to day driving.

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