1996 Pontiac Firebird Excessive Cranking to start my car

Tiny
GREENGOES
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  • 1996 PONTIAC FIREBIRD
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 206,245 MILES
My starter cranks excessively when starting. I can crank for 5 seconds, stop, turn the ignition off and on again, then try again. It will then start right away. The "Check Engine" light is on constantly, so I know some part is not working properly. Which part is it?
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Saturday, December 27th, 2008 AT 12:20 PM

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Tiny
BUDDYCRAIGG
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Check the codes and we'll go from there
https://www.2carpros.com/dia/how_to_scan_trouble_codes.htm
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Saturday, December 27th, 2008 AT 4:03 PM
Tiny
SMUDGE10
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My 96 did the same thing for over a year, a mechanic told me the fuel pump was getting tired. When you cycle the key on and off the pump runs and it starts. He was right as a few weeks later it died and it was the fuel pump. Located in the tank and its pricey! Fuel pump was $371 and 4 hours of labor. Hve the fuel pressure tested by a professional.
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Sunday, June 21st, 2009 AT 2:49 PM

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