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Car will start for a minute but then it dies?

Has gas in it

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Check the fuel pressure to see if its within the specs.If its not replace the fuel filter and pump.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

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    carrie Mar 30, 2014

    thank you! just bought the truck was worried?



Your going to have to do some testing & get back to us
only if you have vehicle experience eg: work on your own vehicles

I would check fuel pressure with a gauge & possibly see if that
info is avail on a scan tool

You may have a failed fuel pump
You can cycle the key & have someone listen for the pump

next you check for spark

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Most people look for the least expensive proble first, which for some is a good thing but after you check/replace, trial/error check, you will not only have waste time but money. In the JGC's for about 1997 to 1999 for sure, the problem 80% of the time, if not higher, is the Computer. It can be very costly, if you go to the Dealer. E-Bay, if you can find a reputable Seller is the Best way to go. Very, Very Important, be sure to match the Number on your computer to the ne/used computer you Purchase. Number for Number, Letter for Letter.

Location: On the Fire Wall under the Hood on the Passanger side. In some case's It is a Loose conection, Shortage in the Harness or Corrosion on the connectors. You can sometimes test it by Tapping on it while the vehicle is running. It will either stutter or shut off. Do this with a rubber hammer is possible. Do not Bang on it Hard as to cause dents.

Some symtoms are:

1 Skipping Engine

2 Misfire/Backfire

3 Hard to Start, Especially on rainy days

4 Will run only for short periods, 1 Min. to 1 hour or longer. May even run for a Week or longer.

To test your Fuel Pump. Find the Fuel Rail under the Hood on the Engine. Most likely on the Driver's side. Please Wear Gloves & goggles and do not Smoke. On the Rail you will find a Valve Stem like you have on your tire. Remove the cap, depress the small stem, while someone turns the ignition forward. Do Not Turn the engine over. If you have a strong stream of fuel comming out, the pump is probally okay. (About 89% accurate). 7 out of the 10 Jeeps I have worked on Needed the Computer.

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