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After pumping gas, car won't start....

Submitted on January 28, 2012

Som-E

I have Kia optima 2004 and I just bought a used one recently and It won't start after I pump some gas in... I takes awhile to start the car... I need to push accelerate for few times and try to hold the keys few seconds then it will turn on...and after that it is totally fine... I have no idea what is wrong with it but my friends say I need to take it to the shop of something... Can anyone tell me what is wrong with my car? and if I need to get it fixed how much do you think it will cost? 

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  • monty
    Bethlehem, CT
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    Fuel Pressure on start up. Need to have it check out to make sure its in spec.
    Posted on August 02, 2012
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    • silvano
      Sumter, SC
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      I was told years ago. If the car is fuel injection, never pump the gas when trying to start.Try a new set of plugs.
      Posted on June 10, 2012
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      • david
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        this sounds more like an electrical problem possibly in the ignition switch.
        Posted on February 03, 2012
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        • dale
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          Hello,
           You might be happy with this answer you might not. The problem sounds like you car is in "vapor lock". This is common in some models. You do need to take it too a dealer, sometimes the co. has a quick fix. 
          Posted on January 31, 2012
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            david
            no not realy there is no such thing as vapor lock. Ofcourse a 04 kia  is  going to be fuel injected, and any fuel injected  vehicle is going to have a high pressure pump, which will push the the fuel to the motor
            Posted on February 03, 2012
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          Parker
          Boston, MA
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          I also recommend checking your spark plugs. Old spark plugs can sometimes cause this problem. 
          Posted on January 29, 2012
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          • Bob
            Buzzards Bay, MA
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            Typically, starting issues are related to the battery/starter.  However, if you are solving the problem by pumping the accelerator..... then I would assume that you have a blockage in your fuel system or fuel pump needs repair.  I would take it to a verified shop and tell them to diagnose your fuel system.
            
            Posted on January 29, 2012
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              Som-E
              how much do you think it will cost? and do I have to go to Kia shop or any shops?
              Posted on January 30, 2012
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              Jamie
              It sounds to me like your vehicale might be getting to hot,  i would try a coolant flush or a thermostat change,  when feul gets hot it wont start your car like normal it may take a few cranks.  you can do this for around $100.  give it a try...
              Posted on February 14, 2012
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              Sam
              West Palm Beach, FL
              Way to go Bob, it could be simple as blocked fuel filter to failing fuel pump. have a shop diag the fuel system.
              Posted on July 28, 2012

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