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FUEL PUMP WORKS BUT CAR WILL NOT RUN. WE HAVE SPARK . I SPRAYED STARTING FUILD IN THE AIR INTAKE NO START.

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Look under the hood on the drivers side, where 1 or 2 black boxs are located, inside are fuses and relays, check these out, especially the start relay.

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