1999 Chevy Cavalier Starting problem


Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 151000 miles

My car starts great when it is cold. Also it starts right up when it is normal running condition. Say I turn it off and go in gasoline station, get gas, it will start right up. If I drive it and stop, turn it off, leave it for 20-30 minutes, it is hard to crank. It will crank, but I usually have to try a few times and give it gas. I can hear the fuel pump running and the motor runs great. I have put new wires and plugs and new fuel filter on it. This is the only problem I have. I have been told that I need a new fuel pump, but would hate to replace if this is not the problem, as they are expensive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 AT 3:25 PM

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Welcome to the forum. With an extended crank, have helper crank, while you visually check for spark at the plugs. If that checks out, use a gage and check fuel pressure. Some of the national brand autostores used to loan out a fuel pressure gage, if you don't have one. You have to test when the problem is ongoing. Intermittent problems can be hard to track.

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