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When you go to start it the motor turns over but dose not start riteaway. and some times you have to pump the gas petal

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You probably need to put some fuel injector cleaner through the fuel system. You can get a bottle of fuel injector cleaner in automotive section in almost any store. Usually 1 bottle goes in after the tank is full.

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