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I have a 88 honda accord . it gets spark. but no gas to the injectors . sometimes it will start but only run for a few minutes . if i spray it with gas it will run . if i hot wire the fuel pump it kicks on and pumps gas to the injectors but wont start .i put a test light to the injectors and im getting power . so i have allways been told if you have spark and fuel it should run. the car only has 103,000 miles .

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It doesn't have fuel if you have to hot wire the fuel pump. Check the fuel pump relay

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