Q: Car starts then 3 seconds later it dies

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Ran good. Parked up, started engine, it ran for 3 seconds then died, no stalling. Just dies and will restart immediately or when I want it to. Runs 3 seconds and dies. Replaced fuel filter hours ago and now I can hear fuel pump. Disconnected fuel line in to fuel filter in, fuel makes it that far. Has spark, oil,water, petroleum. Again runs 3 seconds then dies.. I'm surely getting fuel to motor. Help!

My car has 225000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hi there, thanks for writing in. There may ...

Hi there, thanks for writing in. There may be a problem where the ignition relay is losing connection and causes the vehicle to stall or not start. You might need to replace the ignition relay.

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