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I have a 2003 olds alero w/ 3.4l v6. lately the car has issues starting, usually taking three to four key turns to get it going and sometimes i have to hold the peddla down to get it to start and have to hold the rpms around 3,000 for a minute before letting it warm up. my tech could find nothing wrong, twice. car has 91,000 miles, ant clue?

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Yes you have a clogged fuel filter and need replace it holding down gas peddle forces debris to bottom of filter and then floats back to top side fuel filter very simpe cheap fix around 25 bucks hour of time

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