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I have a festiva its been parked for about 2-3 years i changed spark plugs it cranks but wont start i have to jump it to try and start it... can you give me some tips please

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You will need to drop and drain the fuel tank...and probably change the fuel pump...especially if it is an electric fuel pump.

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