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Don't want to start like it isn't getting any gasoline

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Hello! If the vehicle is cranking, but is not generating spark then your problem is most likely either ignition module or crankshaft position sensor related. To test this you can remove one of the spark plug boots and place a screwdriver - with insulated handle - tip near the end of the boot that connects to the plug and have someone crank the car over. If you see spark, then you need to look at the fuel delivery. On top of the fuel rail there should be a plastic cap that looks similar to that found on your tire's valve stem. If you remove it you will see a Schrader valve with a stem inside. Place a rag over the top of the valve and use a small flat blade screwdriver to push the valve down. If you get a release of gasoline, then your fuel system is functioning - if not; also try the same procedure while someone cranks the car over (BE SURE TO NOT LEAVE THE SPARK PLUG BOOT UNATTACHED WHEN DOING THIS STEP!). If you don't get any pressure or gas doesn't "squirt" out of the valve, then your fuel pump resistor and/or fuel pump is not functioning.

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