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The 1996 Toyota Camry at times will not start. It acts like it is not getting fuel. You can hear the fuel pump running and if you leave the ignition switch in the run position for a short time,it will start and run just a few seconds. You may try it again later,and it may start and run fine? I just can't trust the car. Any ideas?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Rick, By your description you may have a fuel injector seal leak, this can cause raw fuel to settle on the piston heads which is similar to a car being flooded. After this fuel evaporates the car may start normally. Another avenue may you may consider is a fuel filter, you may have picked up some sediment on the bottom of the tank which can plug the screen on the fuel pump. I honestly need more information, is this only on a cold start? Hot start? Engine temperature is key diagnosing. It would be helpful if you could give some deeper indicators so I can advise you best.

Gail Dunn, Owner at Women's Automotive Connection Rick I had a similar incident wit a 96 Jeep, and ended up replacing the fuel pump. It could be clogged or just on its last leg. Have a good mechanic pull your engine cover and see if, indeed you are getting fuel to the rails.

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