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Old 20 Jun 2013, 02:23 pm
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When i go to start it up its slow to start or wont start on the 1st attempt.
New spark plugs and wires
Battery, starter and alternator have all been checked.

I was told i might need a new fuel filter , but then i found out the fuel filter is in the fuel pump and can not be replaced on its own. Could there be something else causing this problem or is there another way to know for sure this is the problem. Any tips/help will be very useful

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Old 20 Jun 2013, 02:36 pm
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Make sure all 12 volts are getting to where they are supposed to go. Take all of the cables and wires from the battery and check/clean them and make sure there's no corrosion and all connections are tight. No since having 12 volts if it can't get it all to the starter. Corrosion and loose connections will do that.
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Old 20 Jun 2013, 05:13 pm
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Check your fuel pressure. To see if that's your problem.

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Old 20 Jun 2013, 06:14 pm
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Try using some Starter Fluid.....Take off the air filter assembly,and spray it into the throttle body.(Worked for me!)
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Old 20 Jun 2013, 06:18 pm
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Try using some Starter Fluid.....Take off the air filter assembly,and spray it into the throttle body.(Worked for me!)
I would not sugguest that. Starter fluid is used to get an engine to start ONCE.......but prolonged use to start every time will damage the motor and can cause some pretty nasty blow up's.

Here is a link for the OP. We'll call it a total starting system guide :-D May give the OP some insight to the issue.

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Old 20 Jun 2013, 06:26 pm
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Biggest problem with starter fluid is people dont really know how to use it :-p

They will spray, try to turn over the engine, then stop to answer the phone, go pee, have a drink etc.......then go back and turn the key and BOOM!.......Time for a new engine. Starter fluid must be worked out of the system. So if you use it, make sure to keep turning over the engine until it starts...or you are SURE that its out of the chamber.....or the engine will pop like a zit :-D.

Its used for emergency starts only Never use it all the time or you will spend $5 on starter fluid and $5k on a new motor :-D
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Old 07 May 2014, 11:34 am
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I believe CREWZIN's suggestion is the best.
Here's what I've posted elsewhere to this problem...

After replacing the battery, the car still wouldn't even turn over. Here's what I did to get it to start again:
1. I first pulled out the ASD relay (fuse box behind battery), actually disassembled it and clean the contacts and placed it back. At this point the car still wouldn't start.
2. I then pulled out the STARTER RELAY and did the same still wouldn't start.
3. Finally, I not only cleaned the battery terminals, BUT I REMOVED THE CABLE FROM THE CLAMPS AT THE BATTERY POST AND CUT ONE INCH OF THE CABLE OFF(which was petrified) AND PEELED BACK THE INSULATION AND RE-INSERTED THE WIRES INTO THE CLAMPS AND SECURED IT AGAIN. The car started immediately. Hopes this helps.
(Note: I still recommend cleaning the relays or replacing them...especially the STARTER RELAY. Re-doing the connections at the post should also help the longevity of the battery and the starter)
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