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It will start with the turn of the key but will turn off immediatly. Then by flooding it with gas directly into mouth it will stay running,I can drive it all over but once I turn it off it will not stay running no matter how much I try to start it unless I pour more gas in the throttle body

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Your description indicates that the fuel pump may be too weak to start the vehicle but has enough fuel pressure to maintain running once it is started.

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