Hard to start

Tiny
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  • 2004 NISSAN SENTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 182,000 MILES
Car is hard to start, then cranks but sometimes sputters and dies. Usually when I crank it immediately after it finally shuts off while sputtering, it fires right up with no problem or drama.
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Monday, January 31st, 2011 AT 12:58 AM

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Tiny
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What are some possible causes? I've replaced the fuel pump assembly once with a new(er) assembly with fewer miles, yet the problem persists. Since the problem still exists after the pump swap, i'm less inclined to believe the pump is the culprit.
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Monday, January 31st, 2011 AT 1:01 AM
Tiny
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You need to verify the fuel pressure if its within specs-could be leaking down somewhere such as the injectors and fuel pressure regulator and fuel pump check valve-that's causing the hard starts
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Monday, January 31st, 2011 AT 7:51 AM
Tiny
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Is there a way to check the fuel pressure regulator? I mean, I know how to test fuel pressure, and I know it should only drop 5-7psi upon shut-off, but is there a way to actually test each potential problem individually?
Like I said, I replaced the pump assembly once already with a newer model, so i'll be testing the regulator first, if there is a simple way to do it.
As far as injectors are concerned, could they be leaking fuel into the cylinders, and back into the tank? I'm confused on that one.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 AT 2:03 AM
Tiny
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What do your plugs look like? Did you check for engine codes?
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Sunday, February 6th, 2011 AT 2:25 AM
Tiny
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Checked the codes, It just refers to a (known) catalytic efficiency problem. Nothing else mentioned. Could be related, I know, but I doubt it.
Haven't pulled the plugs out yet, waiting for a clear day.
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Sunday, February 6th, 2011 AT 2:33 AM
Tiny
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Any progress?
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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 AT 5:54 PM

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