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2003 kia sportage starting problems

2003 kia sportage starting when cold, no problem, after driving for short distance, less than 1Km it does not want to start, engin turns over, but does not start, after about 10min suddenly starts. After driving long distance, no problem starting where can i start looking?

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It could be a problem with the fuel pump or igntion module/ coil pack. The next time it stops, fuel pressure needs to be checked and have the ignition coil pack and module tested at a local parts store.

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