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I have a 2003 hyundai w/ almost 200,000 miles every time I go to put gas it will not start I have to push on the gas pedal to get it running. Last tune was two & half yrs ago I took it in to a mechanic & they ca not figure it out, cannot afford to take it to the dealer.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Katja, I recommend that you start with a tune up; spark plugs, spark plug wires, fuel system service (replace fuel filter), also have your cooling system, and hoses inspected for wear as a preventative measure. A. J.

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service Katja, congrats for getting all those miles from your vehicle. With some tlc, and more regular maintenance I hope you can get some more miles out of it. The most important thing to do, especially since it has over 200k miles is to be extra vigilant about regular maintenance! I suggest you go directly to an expert - perhaps find a shop who will do a complimentary inspection. Good luck! Judy and the Curry's Team

Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc. Go to a local auto parts store and buy a container of throttle body cleaner. Armed with a tooth brush and some paper towels, thoroughly clean the throttle plate and the housing that it's in following the instructions for the throttle body cleaner. And be sure to throw away that toothbrush and don't you dare put it back in the bathroom!

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Katja, With 200,000 miles, it could be anything. You need to find a technician to diagnose the problem. You may think the dealer is too expensive, but they are trained to work on your vehicle and know the common problems. This may save you time that a technician who works on every type of vehicle may not be able to diagnose the first time. That being said, you can also ask your friends and family and see if they have a technician that they like and who does good work. If you haven't had the vehicle tuned up in a couple years, it's probably time to have some work done. Lori Johnson

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