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When I start the car it won't stay on. I keep my hand on the ignition and my foot on the gas. Holding it like this is hard on the starter but if I let up the car dies. What might be the problem with my car?

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Could be bad gas or clogged fuel filter.
Change fuel filter.

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Ignition switch?

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