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Q: Car starts, turns off, and won't restart again for five minutes.

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Car starts and turns off. It doesn't seem to idle, but will not start again until about three to five minutes later.

A: An engine needs three things to run: fuel, ...

An engine needs three things to run: fuel, spark and compression. So, your engine is not getting the right combination of these three essentials. One thing that comes to mind on a vintage vehicle such as yours is vacuum leaks. Vacuum hoses and lines deteriorate over time, resulting in an engine that dies and/or won't idle. However, there are numerous other issues that could cause a problem such as yours. I suggest you take your vehicle to a trained technician for proper diagnosis and repair. The mechanics at YourMechanic are an excellent resource.

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