Ran out of gas. Put new gas in it. Ran for a while...but...
I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada. I ran out of gas three days ago. This is about the 2nd or 3rd time its' happened in about a month because my fuel gaige is broke. After I put gas into it to get it started, I filled her up, went to work, and, after work I started it to let it warm up...and it died. I started it again: it went daddaddaddaddad...like it was trying to stay started, but it died. This happened about three or four times...until I couldn't turn her over any more. I had a mechanic come look at it. At first we thought it was fuel filter, but, he got 60 PSI fuel when he hooked his machine to a cap under the hood. We checked everything: sparkplugs, distributor, cords...we couldn't pinpoint it. He sprayed starting fluid into the engine and it acted like it wanted to turn over...but it didn't. Out of options. What can I check? Sparkplugs are old, and, the engine could use a tuneup, but, is it coincidental that this happened after I ran out of gas?
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I went through this problem, and did everything you did, even the SeaFoam. Turns out, the new distributor caps I bought were defective. I switched it out to another brand, worked for a day and then sputtered again. I read somewhere that (FOR THIS VEHICLE) aftermarket caps and rotors aren't manufactured correctly, causing arcing. Switched the cap and rotor to AC Delco brand, and all ran good, going on 1 year now with no problems.
When you changed your fuel pump, did you also change the filter? Also, I had 4 pumps go out in 1 year on a truck I had. It was a crappy pump. Remember you get what you pat for.. Got the name brand and didn't have any more problems.. Also, look for a loose or pinched wire, had that happen too. Good Luck!
does the car buck on the highway when accelerating under a slight load?
i owned one of these exact cars,3.8 litre.
2 problems. one,the baffles braek in the gas tank,and if you run 1/4 tank or less it will stall in a turn.
mine it was a right turn.
2nd problem,the EGR valve was stuck and it would surge or "buck" on the freeway.
replaced the egr (exhaust gas return)valve and it ran like new.
if the egr valve is code 42,(i do not have the manual in front of me) you have found the problem
check the egr,it can cause the problems you have.
fuel pump died replaced it truck ran poorly afterwards. Had a prussuer test done pump determend pump was no good. Put in another ran good for 2 days started running poorly hard to start no power. 2nd fuel pump. So i figure another bad new fuel pump wow changed it put in a third brand new fuel pump. Still will not eve start now. I had it tuned up 2 months ago new plugs rotor, cap, etc. put in a new fuel filter made sure it is on proper checked all connections for leaks. this cannot be a fuel pump problem now. no problem with the elctrical i figure i have great spark on ignition tester. I can hear the fuel pump prime when i turn the key. but when i went and checked the fuel port i had no pressure. When it is being cranked gas sews out of the test port. Also i dont if this is comon cause i used to turn my keyand go. but when i have someone turn the key and i listen at the gas tank whn the key is shut off i hear gs spraying back into the gas tank. So i am open for opinions.