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Probably from your evaporative emissions system- gasoline vapors get pulled up and burned in engine. Do you have a check engine light on? usually when that happens your computer recognizes the leak. Could simply be hose or maybe your purge valve or charcoal canister. Check around near your fuel rail (where injectors run) and make sure not raw fuel leak somewhere or you could have dangerous fire. This could be serious!
You need to have the engine light checked and advise to codes on computer. Take for free check at your local autozone and post. You've got 2 oxygen sensors on that one. One in front just down from exhaust manifold and other just pass converter. If problem with them- code will confirm but sounds like misfire.
Spray some starting fluid down intake tube and see if briefly starts. If so you know it's fuel related- maybe filter is plugged or possibly fuel pump relay or pump.
Sounds like the blendoor acutator getting stuck between vent levels. Problem is buried behind dash near heater core.
Sounds like u joint.
Your normal idle should be 600-700 rpm. If vehicle idle is normal at 900 thats too high anyway. I'd check carefully for any vacuum leaks around throttle body or intake manifold if your getting hesitation. Usually as well it should idle higher at start up then choke down to normal.
Autopart stores usually carry fuel line repair kits. I'd try and remove that plastic cover and try and locate where leak is coming from. Norally you can remove and splice in a repair. You may want to though consider taking in for service due to difficulty working under car like that with standard jack plus just danger of possible accident with any fuel.
Neutral safety switch will have nothing to do with that at all. Primary function is so that your starter is disabled whenever your in gear. This makes so can only start in park or neutral. I assume you have automatic transmission?
Most vehicles set up so that whenever you lose lights on your dash it's a heads up that you don't have tail lights. Not sure the way your vehicle wired but assume power somehow comes near area of that front side marker though that really doesn't make sense to me. You need to look on internet or pick up repair manual and maybe has wiring diagram to check how electrical is wired from and to tail lamps.
If car is in good shape yes. Well if you got good connections for repair on your end. I get discounts for parts and service near my work really cheap with all competition. If not ask friends and family and maybe can find someone honest that will do for real reasonable price.