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Q: Car intermittently won't turn over to start

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Intermittently wont turn over. Battery is fine. Have to pump the gas pedal repeatedly while it's cranking to get it to start. Has happened 3 times over the last year. Our local mechanic can't isolate the issue. Obviously it doesn't happen when we take it in. Any idea what it may be with all the RX work you've performed?

My car has 133000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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