starting issue

97 3.2 TL
About a week ago I was traveling and stopped for a bathroom break. when returning the car would not start. It would crank but it seemed like it was
getting no gas. After about 30 mins of trying I took off the air filter and sprayed some engine start. It cranked and afterwards ran fine for the next 3 days. Now it has done the same thing twice in the last 2 days. Problem is that now even the engine start will not work. It cranks but soon dies out. I don't think it is the fuel pump cause when it happened the first time it ran fine after that. Maybe a relay??
advice anyone???
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B:L wrote:

Every time you get in and turn the key to position II, (turn off the radio first and) LISTEN! If you hear the fuel pump run for two or three seconds while the dash lights are doing the self-test, your car will probably start. If the fuel pump doesn't run, the car is not going to start. That would be your MAIN RELAY that needs resoldering. You can leave the key in position II and smack the dash and the relay will run. Then your car will start.
However, if the car won't start even though you heard the pump running, HOLD THE PEDAL TO THE FLOOR WHILE CRANKING. THIS IS IN YOUR OWNER'S MANUAL under FLOODED ENGINE. If it stumbles to life with a big puff of smoke, that's your confirmation: FLOODED ENGINE.
It's caused by a dribbling injector that has bled your fuel pressure into the engine overnight. That's why it always happens in the morning when you want to go to work. Injector cleaner or a tank of Gasohol will often clean up the dribbling troubles. Read your owner's manual if you don't recognize the word Gasohol.
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