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Car started jumping but had 1/2 tank and battery light came on.

My car started jumping like it was out of gas but I had 1/2 a tank. Then the battery light and oil light came on. Once I pulled into the parking lot it died on me. I turned the car off and waited for 5 minutes and turned the car back on but a few minutes later it died. I was wondering if it my battery is dead all together or if my transmission is going out?

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Not at all, this could be many different problems, from the coil pack to a sensor, take it to autozone and have them do a trouble code on it, it will tell them exactly what is going on.

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If its a Carburator car then

1.) press the the axcellerator straight down to the board
2.) tumble a few times.. and it should start.

other possiblities besides a flooded cab is

1.) drugs from the fuel tank clogged up the lines or the carburator
thiss will happen when its running low and if the tank is rusted inside.. very hard to detect without removing the tank..

2.) the fuel pump could be clogged up as well..

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