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2001 grand am problems on starting up. banged on gas tank and it started. So we had fuel lines flushed and then it would never start again. When you turn the key it sounds as though it is going to start but wont.

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Sounds like you have a bad fuel pump. Banging on the tank and the car starting is a really good indicator that its time to replace it.

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