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Love the car, but in the last 2-3 three weeks it just randomly refuses to start. Turns over fine but seems like its not getting fuel. Got some advice that it is most likely a relay that needs replacing. This relay apparently controls the computer and the fuel pump. Guy told me this is a common problem but I see no mention of it here on this forum. Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Any advice, suggestions, redirection would be welcome. I hardly dare drive my car anywhere now for fear It will not start when time to go home.
Problem came to a head this weekend when the dealership was closed. I'll call them most likely on Monday morning to see what they have to say.
In the meantime, I seem to be able to get the faulty relay to function (if that really is the problem here), by making sure lights and radio are turned off, and by turning ignition key just one click (listening to be sure fuel pump has loaded the lines) before actually starting the car. No point in running battery low cranking engine over and over, waiting for that magic moment when the car suddenly starts like there was never any problem at all.
I guess I am trying to avoid some expensive guesswork at the dealership, as they seem to be flummoxed by even such a simple matter as getting me a third "chip key" that actually works in both my doorlocks and ignition. I haven't got much confidence in the dealer I'm afraid, and was willing to buy an online response ($25) to my problem which is supposedly a common occurrence (but not mentioned yet in this forum that I can see)
Paul M. Blackmore
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