Q: Q: is my fuel pump the problem?

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i am having a hard time cranking my car in the mornings. my car seems fine cranking when the engine is warm though. it takes several times to crank it. every now and then, i can get the engine running but then the car shuts off. i have had the car stall once and sometimes it is hard for my car to accelerate. my auto tech teacher told me to check my fuel pressure but i cant seem to find the shrater valve. now i cant get my car started and i hear a lag in my starter. i dont know if the lag is from the starter going bad or if it is my battery. i really need help determining the problem so that i can get it fixed without draining my pocket. thanks.

My car has 174800 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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