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Car acts like its out of gas

When maintaining a certain speed, my car sort of jumps, or jolts like when it would if it were out of gas. But it's not out of gas. I thought perhaps the transmission fluid was low, but I checked and it was fine.

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  • thekingownsm Dec 07, 2008

    I've read many online problems similar to mine, and everyone seems to say the same. 'A bad fuel pump'. Its kind of sporadic, its fine when i accelerate, but when its just cruising at an given speed it sort of jumps. It also tends to get worse, and then weaken, and then jump worse again.

  • thekingownsm Dec 07, 2008

    Ok thanks, will check it out, rather will have my boyfriend get it taken care of when he comes home on Tuesday.

    Would the car still be safe to drive, or would it be best to refrain from driving it, or keep it to minimal?


  • thekingownsm Dec 07, 2008

    I just want to check, could this behavior in any way be related to the transmission? (E.g. Lack of fluid.)

    I'm pretty sure there is enough fluid, I check it regularly. However I know there is a minor leak that results in a small puddle of fluid beneath the car, if it sits for a few days.

    Thanks for your previous advice, I will inform my boyfriend, and he can take care of it when he returns.


  • thekingownsm Dec 07, 2008

    Not that I know of.

    How expensive is a fuel filter or getting a fuel system pressure test?

    Also, it has only been the last few days that it has been jumpy like this. It was fine until now.


  • thekingownsm Dec 07, 2008

    Ok, thanks a bunch!

    I can't wait until my boyfriend comes to get this sorted. I'll just have to bug him until he lets me drive his car until then, as I have classes next week and need to drive there, lol.


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Sounds like you have a bad fuel pump

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  • 89PBSE Dec 07, 2008

    here's what you can do, try changing the fuel filter and see if that make a difference. If not have your fuel system pressure tested.

  • 89PBSE Dec 07, 2008

    Well if the fuel pump is going bad on your car it could quit working at any moment. Leaving you stranded somewhere. So my advise would be don't drive it unless you really have to.
    And if your not sure where the filter is located, just let me know

    Hope this helps.

  • 89PBSE Dec 07, 2008

    Usually no from what you have described. Does your transmission have any problems shifting or has it ever slipped out of gear?


  • 89PBSE Dec 07, 2008

    Sounds like your transmission is working fine if you haven't noticed anything with it.
    A fuel filter will cost anywhere between 10-20 bucks, as for the fuel system pressure test I can't tell you how much that would cost, because I do it myself. My advice would be call around to different shops for the best price. Or ask anybody you might know if they can do it.

  • 89PBSE Dec 07, 2008

    Hey glad I could help. I hope you can get it fixed.

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