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The engine will not start it does not seem to be getting any fuel. it tried to start a couple of time, but did not run well and when I pressed on the accelerator it died and now will not start at alll

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Have you replaced the fuel filter, try this and if it doesn't solve the problem, then you will need to replace the fuel pump.

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You may have a faulty MAF, ( mass airflow ), sensor. Often an engine appears to have a fuel problem, when it's actually an airflow problem.
The MAF is usually easy to check.
Sitting on top of the air intake duct, between the air filter and the engine you should see a plug that has 4 or 5 wires. Just unplug the MAF and try to start the engine. If the engine starts you wnat to be careful about leting it run to long.
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