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Car starts and diesimmediately

Car starts and dies immediately changed steering column and key switch

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  • billghotrod1 Aug 13, 2009

    checked fuel its working will not run holding pedaol down slightly wondering about pcm. car starts on start mode but dies when key is released



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Need more info. but did you check fuel pressure? key on engine off. to you hear the pump, it will come on for about 3 secounds then stop, thats normal. If you hold the pedal down very slight to open trottle will it stay runing? if so min. idle is off, may need to clean trottle bore. cHECK THIS EASY STUFF FIRST. DONT ALWAYS TRY TO FIND THE PROBLEM IN ONE SHOT. ITS BEST TO FIND OUT WHATS NOT WRONG THIS WAY YOU DONT HAVE 10 DIFFERANT PEOPLE TELLING YOU TO TROW PARTS AT IT. remember, your freind may have had a problem like your with his car but dont bet its always the same thing wrong with yours. i worked foe saturn 1992 2006

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