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It has happended a couple of time so far.. It will crank but will not start unless I crank on it for a couple of minutes, I just bought the car so dont kow allot about it.. Did have it scanned today but it just came upthe egr was bad and the o2 senser showed low voltage, would either of these cause the problem?
 

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Yes. Although the O2 sensor isn't directly involved with mixture control until the engine is warm, rich operation can foul plugs (black tips) and cause hard starting.
If the egr is leaking, it can cause hard starts and rough idle.
Take care of these known problems first and the continue with diagnosis if needed. A fuel pressure gauge screwed into the rail test port should show ~ 48# pressure at key-on.
 

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Thanks for the reply.. I wil pull the plugs and check them out, plus will need to buy a fuelpressure gauge.
 

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Ok checked the fuel pressure and when runningit is at 51 psi.. Also did the check on the egr valve. Book said ot apply 5 pounds of vaccum to it while running, if idle drops or it stalls then the egr is working correctly. Which it did.
 

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The fuel pump should run for a second, then shut off when first turning the key from off to run. You should be able to hear the 'hum' in the back to confirm this. It will only resume pumping when the PCM sees a crank position sensor signal indicating that the engine is turning.
There is a one-way check valve in the fuel pump to keep a residual pressure in the system for the next start. When these check valves fail, the fuel drains back into the tank and a long crank time is necessary to prime the injectors with fuel again. A rapid drop in pressure after turning off the engine would probably be a failing check valve.
If you erase the fault codes with a battery disconnect, do they return? If so, then they are probably real.
The EGR transducer is the black plastic disc with the EGR vacuum hoses on it. A new one comes with the EGR valve.
The O2 fault code should tell you if it is the upstream or downstream O2 sensor.
 

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Ok all of this makes sense to me.. Where is the check valve located. I look in the book but dont see any check valve.. Would that be a part of the pressure regulator.. And I dod have the codes cleared and the light did come back on. And i do want to thank you for all of your advice
 

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Unfortunately, the check valve is integral with the fuel pump assembly and is not serviced separately. If this is what is happening, replace the fuel pump.
If it can hold 10 psi in the lines and fuel rail, it may be OK.
Is the hard start only after sitting overnight if the pressure drains down to zero?
If the tank, fuel and brake lines back there are rusted, disturbing them may start fluid leaks. Be prepared for having extra work because of replacing a fuel pump.
 

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Ok, that is kind of what I thought after reading some on the fuel pump. And it has done it even during the day. I havent looked under the car yet to see what all is involved, but hope to get a chance today to do that.
 

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UPDATE: Just changed out the fuel pump and gas tank.. When i was under the car checking out stuff I noticed the tank had a big dent in it so figured might as well change it now.. It seems to run better and does seeem to start like it should.. But i have only driven it a few miles, so over the next couple of days will tell the story if that was the problem.. Again thanks for the advice.
 

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That big dent probably messed up your fuel pump. Glad to here you've probably solved the problem. I was going to suggest you change your plug wires!
 

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yes when i saw the tank i figured that was the problem, and have driven it for a couple of days and have not had the starting problem yet. And i was thinking that a good tune up might of helped.
 

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Well day 3 and the car will not start. Went to start in to go to work and it cranks but wouldnt sart. When I got home I ran a couple of test on it, one was putting an in line spark tester and I get no spark.. I havew been reading other post on here about others having starting problems, am now kind of leaning towards the crankshaft positionor senser being the problem.
 

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The crank position sensor can cause no spark issues and can be intermittant and not throw a fault code.
It would be sweeter if it could be confirmed failed with a scan tool during a no-start, but they are cheap enough for a 'Hail Mary' try.
 

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I think i read on one of the post that it can go bad and not throw a code, but puts the pcm in to protect mode. And that is what I am thinking, not a big cost to just replace it.
 
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