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I have a 1991 Buick Park Ave. It has about 85,000 miles on it. The car came from the southwest so it is in good condition. My problem is I live in Chicago and this winter has been very cold. I have a really hard time starting the engine in the morning, and this winter had it towed in to a local garage two times because I flooded it badly. On colder mornings it seems like it will never start. I cranks fine, a new battery was installed before this winter. I just acts like it isn't getting any gas. The mechanic told me I flooded it because I pump the gas to much, but most of the time that is the only way I can get it to start by pumping the gas non stop while cranking it and not cranking it. I know that it needs a good tune up, which was not done either time it was towed in. It usually takes me around 10 minutes of hard pumping and cranking to get it to fire in the morning. I know if I pump it to much I will flood it, but, I never smell gas because I am usually smoking to calm my frustration, but I know when to ease off a little. Here is my routine, I get in pump it maybe 25 times, then I crank the engine, usually nothing happens, I repeat the routine and still nothing, by this time I think I have pumped enough gas to the engine. I continue cranking and this time I pump it hard and fast. It acts like it wants to start but doesnt. I take a break, pumping it more and after a few more tries it will start and die out. Then pumping and cranking it one last time it will start. Any ideas??

Answers from the Automotive Experts

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Julie B, Usually, vehicles can go about 100,000 miles before they need a tune up. However, you're not that far off the mileage and it sounds like you're putting a lot of stress on certain components. I would recommend you have this vehicle looked at soon - before you do even more damage to this car. The technician may want to check fuel pressure to make sure you do not need a new fuel pump. There are also other diagnostic checks they can perform to check the whole starting system. It may be best to leave the car overnight so that the technician can experience the problem first hand. Suzanne

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