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the engine cranks but sometimes won't start
I Just bought a Toyota Corolla 98 for a cheap price. I really do not know if it is reliable or not. A mechanics looked at it and told me its OK, another one said not very good condition. The seller insisted that the car is very reliable.
I drove it today for about 60 miles. It was running good. When I came home in the parking I turned it off. But, when I wanted to start again it cranked but did not start. I try 3 times, and the engine starts firing. The gas gage was showing near empty. After filling it out again, it starts fine again. I do not know about this car very much and the previous owner also did not give me enough information about it. What can be the problem? The seller told me he changed the battery last winter. But, it seems the battery really older than 6 months.
I have zero experience fixing a car. I have no clue what part I should check for this problem. Could please give me a clue? can it be battery, alternator or something else