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When I turn the key, it acts like it wants to start but won't

Once started it acts like it wants to die and will of you don't give it gas

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Sounds like an engine coolant temp sensor to me. Find the ohms rating for the coolant temp sensor on your car, and test it with a volt meter. The coolant temp sensor gives the temperature of the coolant in your car to the computer to determine how much fuel to put into the motor. If the coolant sensor is bad, the computer in your car thinks its -40 degrees F and thus dumps way to much fuel into the motor causing it to be way to rich and making it very hard to start and stay running.

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