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1996 Saturn SL1 Question: why car wont start unless i hold the gas pedal to the floor?

 

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ken to the knee, Ledyard, IA, August 27, 2012, 17:01
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Cranks alot but will start. Once running runs fine.

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    ziptie12 August 27, 2012, 18:47
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    Sounds like injector(s) leaking. Holding the throttle to the floor while cranking , puts it in 'clear flood' mode , which shuts off the injector drivers allowing the cylinders to burn off the excess fuel. do you see a brief cloud of smoke right after it starts and is it a little rough for the first few seconds? Have fuel system pressure checked , check for leaks externally , pull the plugs -probably fouled pretty good by now. If Vacuum operated pressure regulator pull the hose and see if it's wet with fuel. Just some random thougts....If you don't know how to check these yourself- definitely get it to a shop you trust for proper diagnosis.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12947 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper August 27, 2012, 20:14
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    seek diag and est it could be several issue. saturns are an animal of its own and can be difficult to diag and repair. zipie gave you some good tips if you are mech inclined

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