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    Car not starting...

    This has now happened twice...once this morning while going to school and once while I was leaving school to come back home. The car is turning over, but not turning on, as if there is no fuel going to the engine...I don't get it, I check what I could see and didn't see anytihng out of place in the engine bay...i don't know what's wrong...please help.

    PS: Yes I have gas in the tank (just under half full)

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    uncap the lil cap on the fuel rail and press on the bleeder ...see if it squirts out fuel..if so then you have pressure

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    ok, i'll go that right now.

    I forgot to mention...it eventually starts up, but after a minute of having the ignition on and trying to turn it over...

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    oh yeah ..on an irrevalent matter...i just came back from fishing from the chester river or chesepeake bay (either one)..familiar with em?

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    Well, fuel squited out, then agian i had just driven it home from school an hour earlier...I just don 't want to go to work tonight and not have the car start up at 11 tonight when I want to coem home.

    The Chesapeake Bay is the largest inland bay in the United States...good Striped Bass fishing and crabbing here...did you enjoy yourself? I kinda take the bay for granted, but other might not...

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    yeah it was pretty cool....bought some beer..made a fire...fished..talked amongst the friends ...it was a blast....

    i would just pay someone to take me to work and back....its not worth staying after work just to trouble shoot the car...

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    wait..isnt laurel in delaware??....thats funny cuz im in rehobeth right now...what a coinkeedink

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    I can always have a friend drive me home, I'm only 10 minutes from my house and I can drive my truck till I figure out what's wrong...

    There are a lot of Laurel's in the US...Mapquest "Laurel" and you'll find probably 30 or 40...

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    Well if you have fuel in the rails at enough pressure then , the injectors would be next to look at, it would seem strange though of everyone was clogged, usually you will get a cylinder or 2 misfiring due to lack of fuel spray. Becuae its not igniting I woul d check you ignition system, plugs, wires,etc. Maybe the fuel pump itself just isnt pumping at a constant rate giving you veried iginition results. my 2 cents goo dluck

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    before you get into all of that. Try cycling the key on and off a couple of times before actually starting the car. Just turn it to run but don't start it, do that 2-3 times and see if that helps. If that helps it's your pump. How many miles on your fuel filter? Also, check fuel pressure. Just because it's at the rail doesn't mean it's enough to start the car. Should be ~58psi.

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    This happened on my 5.0 Mustang I used to have. It was vapor locking.

    After sitting a bit it would start and run fine.

    I finally realized it only happened a day or so after I had gotten gas from a particular station.

    Checked closer and found that the station mixed ethanol in all their fuel, even premium. (Racetrac station)

    Stopped getting gas there and the problem never reoccurred.

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    Also check your ignition relay under the hood. If you don't have an extra one handy swap it out with the fan relay to see if that helps. I had this problem where the car would crank and it would not start right away. It took multiple cranks before it started. Changed the ignition relay and I have not had the problem since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35thAnniZ28 View Post
    oh yeah ..on an irrevalent matter...i just came back from fishing from the chester river or chesepeake bay (either one)..familiar with em?

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