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I have a 1994 Grand Am taht's been sitting for 2 years. The only way it will start is with starter fluid but it only runs for 2 or 3 seconds then dies. It has a new air filter, so that's not it. I already 2 cans of HEET and 2 containers of high octain additive. Still won't start without starter fluid or stay running. Any suggestions? Thank you! 1994 Pontiac Grand Am 4-cylinder automatic DOHC

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  • jenksok Mar 04, 2009

    Thanks guys!



    Well, I just checked the fuse for the fuel pump and it's fine. So I guess the easiest solution can be eliminated.



    Disclosure: I don't 'jack diddly' about car stuff. Any idea where I can found out where the fuel filter is, since I guess that would be the next easiest thing before the fuel pump.



    Thanks again for the help guys.

  • jenksok Mar 04, 2009

    "the fuel filter is located right behind the gas tank toward the rear of the car easy too get too"



    I'll look online to find out what the filter looks like.



    "can you hear the fuel pump run? if not its bad"



    I can't hear anything over the sound of the starter when I try to start it. If I were to hear the pump, would I hear it from the rear of the car since it is by the fuel tank?



    How would I know if the filter is bad? Should I just replace it anyway and see if it works?

  • jenksok Mar 05, 2009

    Thanks guys!



    I'm re-charging the battery now from trying to start it so many times.



    So far:

    * fuse for fuel pump is fine

    * put in a new fuel filter ( far far far far easier job than I anticipated )



    I listened for fuel pump but didn't hear anything over the many ding ding ding sounds that all modern cars make when you turn the key over. By the way, when I changed the fuel filter there was no fuel at all in the filter itself - I don't know if there should have been or not.



    Next move after the battery is re-charged is loosening the fuel line that comes to the fuel rail and turn the key on to see if it spits fuel.



    Thanks again guys! By the way, can I drain the fuel? Regular siphoning method didn't work - seems to have a blocking mechanism to prevent siphoning. Can I drain it from underneath? Could the fuel be the problem?

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Is your car fuel injected or carbed? That question is of no value , it only lets you know where to start...The problem is Your car isnt getting any fuel from the tank........Look for a small valve near the fuel rail ( if it is fuel injected) sorta looks like a tire valve stem, and it works like one also......You could try bleed the system of air by pushing in on the little stem in the center of this while someone tries to start it. When you get nothing but fuel your cooking...Make sure you disconnect the coile wire "out of the Coil" before trying this...........If it is carbed, check you filter and then unscrew the fuel line from the carb just enough to see if there is fuel getting to the carb while turning over the eng. If none of this works,,,,,,,you may have a fuel pump problem , and if i am not mistakening that baby is in the tank...Let me know!!!!!!! RC

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  • pisspotpeter Mar 04, 2009

    Just turn the key ON without trying to start the car....If you hear a little motor sound for approx.15 seconds and then go off, the fuel pump is working. If you then loosen the fuel line that comes to the fuel rail or carb and then turn the key " ON' only , you should get fuel coming out of that fitting while the pump is running.........Let me hear from you on this after you have performed these things...We will fix this baby for ya,,,,RC

  • pisspotpeter Mar 06, 2009

    Although old fuel isnt going to give you good performance, I dont believe this is your problem.......I am leaning toward the fuel pump not working or because you had no fuel in the filter...Go to the next step after recharging your Bat. Making sure you have enough fuel in it for the pump to pick-up in the tank . Close all your doors , and reach through the open window to turn on key and then see if you have fuel coming from the loosened fuel line . If the first time you try this method doesnt work try turning your key off and back on several times to make sure ...........Good luck RC

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Fuel filter or fuel pump

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    Dennis Mulford Mar 04, 2009

    the fuel filter is located right behind the gas tank toward the rear of the car easy too get too

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    Dennis Mulford Mar 04, 2009

    can you hear the fuel pump run? if not its bad

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    Dennis Mulford Mar 04, 2009

    just turn the switch on dont try too turn the engine over if the pump is working youll hear it,the filter should be replaced after setting that long they break down

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Sounds like no fuel pressure, check to see if fuse is blown for fuel pump,

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