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I have an escort zx2-2001 engine that it takes me two tries to start especially when on hills. When it does start there is alot of raw fuel smell emiited from the exhaust. Ive changed the fuel filter, wires and plugs. Is this an issue with the fuel pump or perhaps in the ignition? If so, what are your recommendations?

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If you're smelling unburnt gasoline, then it sounds like you're not getting fire to all cylinders. Not sure if your car has coil paks or distributor, but which ever it has, I would check to make sure all cylinders are firing. You can do this by starting the engine and pulling the wires off the coil paks/distributor one at a time. Listen and watch for any change or variation in the running of the motor. If it trys to die out then that plug is getting fire. If nothing changes in the way the motor runs, then it's a good possibility that that cylinder isn't firing. Hope this helps.

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