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Car turns over gets initial fuel then no more fuel and fails to run. Fuel filter was replaced last year. I can hear the fuel pump run when turning the key to acc.

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I just had the same problem... the big fuse box under the hood has one labled "fuel pump" take it out, take the one next to it out, (should be the a/c) put it in the place of fuel pump one... go start your car.........

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Similar prob with corsa could be clogged vacuum hoses on injector body

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This sounds like it may be a problem with the theft deterent system, measure the resitor in your key, go to radio shack and buy a resitor of the same or close to the same value, remove stering wheel, locate the yellow wires above the ignition lock cut wires install resitor. You will have disable the passlock system but the car should run after that

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