Takes 10 Min for fuel pump to turn on.

Turn the key to on and wait 10 min for fuel pump to prime then car starts

My car has 158000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. Check the fuel pump relay and see if it is hot after you shut off the engine. If the relay is hot, then I recommend replacing it. The contacts inside the relay may have corrosion build up on them making them not connect after disconnecting power until the relay is cooled off. If you need further assistance with your fuel pump not working when hot, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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If you there is no power to the fuel pump or the relay, then there may be a possible electrical issue with the vehicle. I would first verify that the main EFI, fuel pump, and ignition fuses are not blown, as these can sometimes cut off power to the fuel system.
If the fuel pump is not coming on, and the fuse and relay are good, then it may be possible that there is a problem with the pump or the fuel pump circuit. The first thing I would do is check to make sure that there is power to the fuel pump circuit, and that the relay is in fact sending power to the pump.
Engine does not start

Another symptom of a faulty fuel pump relay is an engine that does not start. If the fuel pump relay fails the fuel pump will be left without power. The engine may still crank when the key is turned, however it will not be able to start due to lack of fuel.

Powered by the ignition and/or powertrain control module (PCM), the fuel pump relay`s main function is to provide the fuel pump with enough power. When the fuel pump relay isn`t working, then the fuel pump cannot either.
The electric fuel pump on a vehicle with a spark ignition engine is controlled by a fuel pump relay. The engine control module (ECM) activates the relay when operating conditions are correct. For safety purposes, the fuel pump relay is only activated when an engine speed signal is received by the ECM.
Debris blocking the suction strainer or foot valve is the most common cause. A blockage in the intake line can cause the water in the pump casing to overheat and literally boil out of the casing causing the pump to lose prime.
Grab a multimeter and set it to Ohms. Touch the leads across the electromagnet coil pins and measure resistance. Anywhere from 50-120 ohms is OK. Out of range or open means a bad electromagnet coil winding and time for a new relay.
The most likely cause of an overheating relay would be a fuel pump relay getting hot from a fuel pump drawing too many amperes. You should have the vehicle checked to see exactly what relay is overheating and if it is the fuel pump relay then replace the fuel pump and relay to fix the problem.
Without this relay, the engine would not receive fuel while starting. The pump that delivers fuel to the engine while the engine is running requires electricity in order to operate. This electricity is created by an oil pressure device in the engine.
A pump relay acts like a switch that the controller can turn on to provide power to the pump. Since the controller outputs 24Volts AC power, and most pumps require anywhere from 110-220 Volts AC, the pump relay acts as a step-up transformer to route additional power to the pump and activate it.
If there is no power, the fault is in the relay again — probably the contacts are burned or stuck in the open position. Burned contacts can also fuse together, so that they stick in the closed position, so the component does not switch off. In either case, replace the relay.
The voltage drop occurs because of resistance in the circuit that supplies the pump. The resistance could be in the connectors, grounds or harness. A resistor or insulator prevents the flow of electricity in a circuit. Resistance can be caused by corrosion, fretting and even air.

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