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Engine quits and won't restart

After running for several days or weeks, I turn the engine off and then it will not restart. Already burned up 1 starter. Replaced fuel pump and filter.
If I wait 10 minutes, pump accelerator several times it will barely start, run very rough for 30 seconds, then everything runs good for another several days or weeks.
No trouble codes. Suzuki dealer mechanics offer no help.

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Sounds like a bad cell(s) in your battery. They will not hold a charge very well if they have been damaged or sometimes at all. Your charging system is probably running the engine most of the time which gives little room for charging the battery, and when it sits the little bit of charge is now just enough or not enough to get you going. If you can, try having the battery load tested (usually free) and also have a mechanic take a look at your alternator while your there. I think your alternator could be dying which is how you got a weak start from the battery if it turns out that the battery is ok.

Posted on May 04, 2009

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    I may be missing something, but this doesn't sound like a battery issue, given the engine is cranking okay. Sounds more like vacuum or a fuel problem. Since the owner has replaced the fuel pump and filter, I agree with Nate Stansfield that the practical next step might be to check the pump relay or control module. It is also possible that the throttle bottle may be gummed-up?

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Very possible it may be control module. If you have no engine codes, than you can rule out any sensors. Usually if anything electrical is going out, it will set off engine codes. Have you replaced the fuel pump relay? Checked all vaccum hoses, check compression for gasket leaks?

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