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My friend's 97 Achieva starts but dies as soon as

My friend's 97 Achieva starts but dies as soon as ou let off the starter. Even if you hold it, it dies and the starter continues cranking the engine. It won't try again unless you wait a few seconds. Will only crank.

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Fuel + spark + compression = running engine
this can be a complicated diagnostic process. first you should check for fuel by attaching a fuel pressure gauge to the threaded valve on the fuel rail. the pressure should be somewhere in the 30-60 psi range during cranking. if the fuel pressure is good, then check for spark w/ a spark tester (can get for cheap at auto parts store). if you have consistent strong spark, the timing belt or its tensioner may have failed, which would eliminate compression.

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1:Change the fuel filter
2:Monitor the fuel pressure.
3: Check OBDII codes

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