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Hard starting My cavaliar is starting hard, I replaced the spark plug. My daughter had trouble starting it, now the check engine has come on. Should replace the coil pack and crank and cam sensors first before the ignition control module.

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I would run a diagnostic on it first.
Most major chain autoparts stores will do this for you (Like Shucks/Krager, Auto Zone).
This will save you from replacing more then is needed.

Other items to take into consideration....
Fuel filter, Clean the injectors, voltage checks (alternator, battery, starter draw).
Has any major work been done to it? How many miles?
A good running motor is a balance of all of these things. Not just any one component or component series of items (like the ignition)

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