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Turns over but won't start. sprayed starter fluid and started temporarily. is it the fuel pump?

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I would check the fuel pump fuse and fuel pump relay. Also check that the inertia switch doesn't need reset. If none of those are the problem, then the fuel pump is probably bad.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

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