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Q: Car has trouble starting and shuts off

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The car has a little trouble starting, and when it starts it only runs for a short period of time before it shuts off.

A: Hello. As with any drivability issues, the ...

Hello. As with any drivability issues, the car needs to be checked for codes and monitored for any data. There's a good chance that you have fuel issues. A poor performing fuel pump can cause long crank times, lack of power, and short run times. A fuel pressure gauge will need to be connected to see what the fuel system is doing. You may need the aid of a mechanic to connect a scanner and check fuel pressure.

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