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The car will start but will not run. the problem started on the highway traveling and acted like there was water in the tanl at first. what is the problem? we have replaced the fuel filter and that was not the problem.

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There are many things that can cause an engine to start, then immediately die. Your description however, seems to point to the fuel system. The first thing I would recommend is to check the fuel pressure at the injector rail. There may not be enough pressure to keep it running. It is likely that you may have to replace your fuel pump.

Before replacing anything, make sure it HAS fuel. I don't mean this badly, but I had a customer just last week that called my shop 3 times asking questions about his car. He ended up paying big bucks to have it towed in, (30 miles) only to find out the car was out of gas!

Another possibility is that if this has happened shortly after filling the tank, you may have gotten some bad gas.

I also had another customer that filled his tank with E-85. It was a few cents per gallon cheaper and it seemed that using this renewable resource was the "green" thing to do. The problem is that his car was not equipped with a flex-fuel engine and could not run on 85% methanol. This had the same symptoms you are describing. It would make the initial start, but would not stay running.

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