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I have a 91 Ford Festiva GL automatic. When I start the car and turn it off, it won't start. I have to try multiple times and press the gas pedal to the floor to get it to start. When it finally starts the smell of gas and exhaust is really heavy. When driving down the road, sometimes the check engine light will blink on, stay lit for a few seconds then go off. It usually only does this in warmer weather. When the light comes on, I can feel the car slightly jolt and the same when it goes off. Whenever I turn the car off, if I wait for about 45 minutes to an hour it will start with no problem. What could be causing this? I had it at a mechanics for a whole week and they couldn't figure it out (or maybe they really didn't look or care). They did tell me my carburetor was fine. I'm stumped.

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Brandy Schaffels, Editor at, Inc. I would ask for a second opinion. To my knowledge, all Ford Festivas sold in the United States after 1989 did not have carburetors, but were fuel injected. For additional assistance, please find an AskPatty Certified Repair Shop at and they can help you diagnose and repair the problem.

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