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Starting problems are baaaaaack

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After X days... maybe a week?... of no issues starting after fuel pump replacement, the car pulled the rug out from under me.

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It took my wife 9 attempts to get it to fire up leaving Target. Once we got it home, it wouldn’t start at all, which has never happened, even on a bad day. Crankcrankcrank, no fire. So I pushed into the garage and gave her the keys to the Paseo.

I tested the battery. Again. And the fuses. Again. And the codes. None. Anything missing or loose. Nope. Checked the MAF sensor, even. Oof.

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Time to load the parts cannon — again!

Soon, I’ll have entire new ignition system. Crankshaft position sensor, camshaft position sensor, plugs, fuel pump, and coils. Plugs were done in February and the fuel pump just a week or so ago. New coils came in the mail last night so that’s what I did today.

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Illustration for article titled Starting problems are baaaaaack
Illustration for article titled Starting problems are baaaaaack
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I very much doubt they were bad, but what the hell do I know? Based on my recent repair posts: JACK SHIT. This is the first car I ever bought that didn’t have a distributor. I probably should have just replaced them when I changed the spark plugs. They’re cheap, it’s an easy job, and I guess they are 12 years old.

I was going to wait for the two sensors to arrive, but I got impatient. I slapped the car back together and turned the key. Started right up. Bastard! False hope! Not this time. I don’t trust you, demon Corolla!

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Well anyway, thanks as always for reading.

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