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Car has to be turned over quite a bit to get it started. Have replace the fuel filter. Have used Injector Cleaner in gasoline. Cannot smell gas under hood as if spark plug(s) not firing. Have been told there is a sensor(?) between tank and FI could be problem. Need to know name of sensor(?)

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You can not diagnose or repair any vehicle by throwing parts at it, and adding chemicals that do nothing.
You need to first have it scanned for codes,then proceed.
Codes ,if you have any,do not tell you what to repair, as most people have come to believe, for some reason. If it was that easy there would not be any dealers or professional repair shops.
I suggest you be prepared to use the service of a local repair shop,after you have a relative with some auto experience take a look at it.
Unless you know the vehicles systems,you stand zero chance of figuring it out.

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Starts but won't run

Good Morning Alex

Your question is shy on specifics, so I'll cover some broad things that can cause your engine to quit, or run roughly.

A running engine needs three things to arrive smoothly, and in a synchronized way: Fuel, Air, Spark. It also needs something to get it moving at the start, but you said it'll start, so I'll leave that alone.

If fuel isn't arriving like it should. Things to look at are:
  1. Old or clogged fuel filter. If it's been a while, or if you have no idea how long it's been since the filter was changed, this is usually an easy fix. New filter will have much less resistance to fuel passing through.
  2. Old or clogged fuel injectors. (Possibly a carburetor issue if the car is pretty old). If the injectors are clogged, not enough gas gets squirted into the cylinder. You can start by running a bottle of fuel injector cleaner through - add a bottle when you fill/top off your fuel tank. May take a couple tanks, and this won't help much if you can't keep the car started and running long enough to run the gas+cleaner through your injectors.
  3. Fuel Pump. A bit more involved, but the pump could be old, or, more importanly, leaking. A leaking pump, or fuel distributor, can be really dangerous. if you smell a lot of raw gasoline smell after trying to start, you'll want to get this tracked down ASAP - uncontained gas in an engine compartment can lead to a fire, big time car damage, and significant risk to your safety.
  4. Bad fuel. Sometimes you can run across a shady station dumping other (ahem) additives, or even water, into their big fuel tank. The wrong stuff can make your engine pretty unhappy. If the car has a preference for higher octane fuel, you might also consider a bottle of octane boost (most any car parts store). That might get you running and able to run the injector cleaner through and/or burn off the old or bad gas.
If there's no air, most likely you have a dirty / clogged air filter. Google for videos on how to change your air filter, it's usually pretty straightforward. Look at the current filter. if it's really dirty, or clogged with oily gunk, you'll definitely want to put in a new filter, and possibly try to track where oily gunk came from.

if there's no spark, it could be the coil(s) for the plugs being old, dirty, poorly connected to the electrical, or not attached to the plugs properly, it could be that the plugs are mis-gapped, damaged, disconnected, or fouled. Start by looking up the procedure to remove a spark plug on your make/model. Look at the electrode. Is it intact? Does it have the proper gap (you'll need a spark plug gauge). Is it covered in oily residue? (this may mean your piston rings are getting worn and letting oil into the combustion area). There are a lot of other possibilities and diagnoses - you can see more here

Spark Plug Analysis

Your manual will probably have recommended intervals to change out the plugs, it's not a bad idea if you're past that gap since the last change out. eBay is a pretty good place to get reasonably priced new plugs if the cost of the replacements is steep - (in my case, my Prius uses iridium plugs that can retail for $15-20 a piece, or were found on eBay for about $32 for the set of four)

pay attention to the part of the spark plug guide that talks about plugged PCV valves. This is another inexpensive part with a wide range of ease or challenge to replace on different engines. That may make a difference too.

Hoping that this may help!
Good Luck

Nov 23, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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My 2009 xf has just 34000 miles. Last week I start the engine and I could smell gas in the car for about 5 minutes. I waited until the smell was over to drive. From that day, every other day I was sme

Was this the smell of burnt fuel or raw gasoline? If this started after it began getting cold outside this can indicate a problem with the EVAP system in the car. This may or may not cause a check engine light.

This site reported a 2010 model of your car having this same symptom.
They found the injector seals to be leaking.
supercharged 510hp 5.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Mar 2010 4340 0 injector seal leak causing "gas" smell in cabin - replaced injector and new seal kits on other injectors

That can be a very serious issue with the potential to cause a fire. I would have it checked by a professional mechanic and specify your concern on the injector seals being checked.

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My 1991 olds mobile cutlass calais wont start,after I added fuel injector cleaner because,the car was having hesistating problems below 25 miles an hour and it might of been a spark plug problem or fuel...

When you chaged the air filter & sprayed Gumout carb cleaner, you got rid of a little gunk in the
air intake, but when you added the fuel injector cleaner (its the same stuff as carburator cleaner) to the fuel tank, you "cleaned out" ALL the ****/gunk/buildup/dirt in the fuel system which has built up since 1991 and sent it straight to the fuel filter, which is now clogged. The reason that the car tries to start, but fails, is that it'll successfully burn up any fuel that gets past the clogged fuel filter, but the engine consumes that small amount of gasoline quickly, then dies.
Your solution: change the fuel filter.
The fuel filter is located:
Under vehicle, driver side, below seating area, near fuel tank, mounted on frame rail in fuel line

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My 1996 chevy blazer won't start. we changed the the fuel pump, fuel pump filter checked the relay and she turns over once we put gas in the carb. body. help please

Have you ever put in the gasoline tank any injector cleaner yet because the cleaner will unclog the injectors so full amounts of gasoline can get into the piston chambers the right amounts so try putting injector cleaner into your gas tank. When you put this into the gas tank to remember that it takes time for the cleaner to get to the injectors so you might have to keep trying to start the vehicle many times for the cleaner to unclog the injectors. This will not hurt your vehicle at all so go try this.

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I have a 1997 dodge grand caravan 3.8l v6 with about 146k. I stopped at a gas station and put gas in it (was at 1/2 tank) Went to start it and it started hard. Cranked for about 4 seconds before turning...

Have you ever put in the gasoline tank any fuel injector cleaner yet because your injectors which injects the fuel of gasoline, if the injectors are not injecting enough fuel into the piston chambers that the fuel injectors needs to be clean to allow enough fuel to come in so go buy injector cleaner at autozone and put the whole thing into the gasoline tank and then drive. Your fuel injectors are clogged or going serious bad on you so you might have to replace them as well but first try to put fuel injector cleaner and see.

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I put 2 clean injectors bottles into my gas tank and then my truck it does not start.

Hi, You may have put too much in for the amount of gasoline you had. Or when you put it in, the truck was about to not start anyway. In other words, if you put it in and then the truck did not start. You would not have given enough of an opportunity for the Cleaner to get to your injectors.
If you put it in and started the engine successfully and it worked for a bit and then shut down. Then there was to much.
Here is what you can do hopefully under certain circumstances.
If there is hardly any gasoline in your tank. Get a 5 gallon gas tank and fill it and put it into the Pathfinder. Then get some more gasoline and do the same again. That should dilute what is in the gas tank.
Then crank the engine enough to move the old cleaner out of the fuel injectors. The pathfinder may then be flooded so just leave it alone for 1/2 hour and then try to start it again. It may still require quite a bit of cranking. So you will want to give it a rest and not push the starter motor.
It the original problem was a clogged injector. Well, It ain't clogged now. Hope that was it.Hope this helps. Of course, you can keep me posted. I don't mind at all. Happy New Year,

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I had same problem a month ago. I had the o-rings replaced on the fuel injectors... problem solved.

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Is the service engine light ON in this vehicle?

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