Q: Q: Cars is Cranking but Not starting!

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My wife went to the store a few days ago, when leaving she said she had to crank the car 3 times before it would start. Once she got to the restaurant, the car wouldn't start at all. The car has 1/4 tank of gas in it, fuel pump is humming. There is a high pitch hum under the hood as well while priming. I sprayed starting fluid on the air filter and it started and then died. So I know it's not getting fuel. The fuel relay switch is clicking when I turn key, I pulled it out and it smelled burned and the two larger contacts looked burned. A friend told me to loosen the line on the filter after priming and see if I have pressure but I need advice before I go tearing into this thing. Thank you!

My car has 135000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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