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Sunfire 2002 won't start after parked for one month

I have a Pontiac Sunfire 2002 with 92,000 miles that was running very well, then I parked it for a month, but now won't start. I recharged the battery, but the car won't start. Seems like gas is not coming to the injectors. I have done the following:
1) Used starting fluid, which starts the vehicle, but won't continue after fluid effect ends, as long as there is fluid the engine works. Seems like the there is not gas coming to the engine. I run the engine with the starter fluid for 10 minutes, until i finished the whole can of starting fluid.
2) I checked the relay and fuse for the pump, and both are ok, the relay is the same as the A/C, so I switch them to verify they were ok, not a problem with the A/C.
3) Prior to parking the car, the car was working very well never had a problem with it at all.
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  • ramcampos Oct 27, 2008

    I will check it and let you kow. But how is it that the pump went bad by not using the car for a month? Is it normal that the pumps fails this way?



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I wouldn't recommend useing the starting fluid method actually is very bad for the engine the ether wipes the oil off of the cylinder walls and that could cause big problems..other than that i would say its the fuel pump whe u turn the key forward..not to start the car just to turn the key so the radio plays..listen for a quick buzzing sound coming from the back of the car twards the gastank..if u do not hear it its probably the fuel pump good luck

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  • matt Stahulak Oct 27, 2008

    fuel pumps tend to just die out with absolutely no warning at all its not necessarily bad that you parked it but u should start a car in storage about 1 time a week if possible (if not then theres products like Stabil)..if the fuel pump turns out to be good you might just have stale gas in this case you would need to drain all of the fuel in the gas tank and then add fresh fuel..



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