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Truck takes 30-40 seconds of cranking to start when cold. Battery & alternator have tested good and battery replaced too. Starter was also replaced all no help. Due to required excessive cranking, battery discharges. Runs fine once started.

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  • Clint Bunting May 11, 2010

    Fuel injected? If so cycle key off and to run position 3 or 4 times then turn over. If this helps your fuel pump is going bad..

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    car will not start every time. Takes several attempt to start. Have replaced battery and alternator.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    car wil not start first time. It takes several attempts to start. I have replaced the battery and alternator.

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Malfunctioning fuel system, Fuel injector[s] leaking
Check fuel pump,fuel pressure regulator/fuel filter also

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