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Sugar in my "1985 olds cutty sup" gas tank.Car was driveable for a week.Now I go to start my car it cranks up my car starts,it stays on for two seconds when i let go of the gas it shuts right off.

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  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2015

    After trying to keep my car on several times my battery dies out and its a brqnd new battery. Is this from the sugar in my tank or something else?

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Did you have the sugar cleaned out of the gas tank? If not, you don't have electrical problems. You have fuel problems. The sugar gums up everything. The fuel pump, the filter and the injectors. Did two cars from the same family. Had to replace the fuel pumps, filters and all the injectors (couldn't even have them professionally cleaned). Cleaned out the tanks and all the fuel lines. Their insurance covered the parts and labor.

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  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2015

    Actually I'm waiting on a mechanic now. The only thing I've done so far is change the fuel filter.. Thanks a million .... I'll keep u update on the outcome...

  • Randy Ohler Apr 19, 2015

    Don't use a to your door mechanic. Professional mechanics don't make house calls. They already make enough money. The guy coming to your house, won't honor a warranty. He'll be gone or won't answer your calls. That's just how most of them work. He may not even fix your car, but will still charge you.

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