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Cs Our 2001 tribute starts with no effort 75% of the time.Then it won't start but the engine does turn over. When cranking the engine the tack and the speedometer needles peg all the way over and then when it finally starts the needles go back down to "0" and readjust to the correct rpm. Some times it just won't start. We turn the key to off and then try to start again. Sometimes it takes 4 times before it starts. Tim

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A. Disconnect the positive battery connector first, let it sit for atleast 5mins. then reconnect it again. Crank the car and observe how it goes.
b. If the problem still persist, try to have the battery checked. It may be faulty and there's a possibility that it's not holding charge which can make the starting hard.
c. If the battery is good then I suspect that the MAF(mass air flow) sensor is faulty. The MAF controls the vacuum supply on the car that when it's faulty the idle becomes erratic. May experience hard starting. May cause stalling when car is running.

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