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Turning over but not starting...suspect bad fuel pump?

Was driving and felt as if it was going to die. eventually it did die. whan I try restarting it turns over but will not remain running. MY grandpa thinks it may be my fuel pump, any suggestions?

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  • cwhjr1959 Feb 16, 2009

    I had the same problem - just two days ago. Tuned out to be a clogged fuel filter AND a faulty fuel pump. Two different mechanic's told me that GM's have a consistent problem with their fuel pumps. Cost me $581 (pump and labor). Dealr will charge you about $300 more. Check if your car is still under warranty - probably not now that it's 5 years old - unless you have an extended warranty.

    Best regards.

  • Michael Gutwein May 11, 2010

    I suggest checking for basic things first. assuming you have equipment to test properly you would need a fuel pressure gauge. there should be a black cap that will be on the fuel rail. you tap into that. its like a car valve stem but slightly bigger. you can push it with a screwdriver and if its doesnt spray then your pump it dead. check more than once and cycle key on and off each time you check.if it does spray it doesnt mean you still dont have a bad pump. you may not have enough pressure to keep the car runinng.

    Also check for spark as well. remover a spark plug wire and put the open end close to bolt head ne where on the car about 3/8" away. have someone try to crank the engine. you shoudl see a spark jump out and touch the bolt. start there and check back here.


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Sorry to say but it is the furl pump. i just went through the same thing. i replace the fuel filter and my car did ok for a few days but was still sluggish like. i glad i have mechanics in the family, lol, but unfortanately they told me it was the fuel pump. and let me tell you the cheapest i found one for was, may as well say $300. but try that good luck with it though. i had to order mine from california. but my car is a 04 alero, sorry i didnt see what kinda car you had. Good luck

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