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Car will crank but won't fire or even acts like it's trying to fire what are some things to look at?

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I had this problem with my 03 grand am and it turned out to be the fuel pump. It was broken and the gas was not reaching the motor to crank.

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Look at the ignision system id say the distributer or coil pack

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