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Fuel pump charges system when key is turned on, but the 3.1 only runs for 5 secs. then dies. You can do this all day, but it only runs for 5 secs. then dies.

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Some systems (GM TBI) do this and require a second signal from the oil pressure sender to keep the system running.

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Check the fuel filter or possibly the relay .

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Engine cranks fine, but will only run 5-6 sec then dies. If you press the gas, it sputters and dies immediately.


Seems like a fuel delivery problem.
May be a bad fuel pump, clogged fuel filter or a fuel line problem.

What car make/model? What engine?

When it dies, try to turn ignition off immediately, wait a couple of seconds and turn the key quickly to the crank position (don't wait with the key in ignition-on position so that the fuel pump doesn't try to pump fuel into the fuel lines).
If it hesitates to start or runs significantly shorter before dying, you have pinpointed a problem with the fuel system.

Pls let me know what you find out.

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Water pump have anything to do with the fuel pump. Car will start run for a few sec then die. If you give it the gas it will stay running let off it dies. It a 98 regal supper charge


No. They are separate. If the idle is too slow try adjusting the idle screw if it is available on that older vehicle. Many things can cause a rough start / idle and an experienced mech will need to look at it. Good Luck.

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I starts only with starting fluid and it dies after 3 seconds


Check by the fuel tank


Have someone turn the key on
& listen for fuel pump

Put a pressure gauge on the motor
at fuel rail & check pressure

Pump only runs for 3 sec, if you got no crank signal
or it fails to start

Have to cycle key

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It died while running and it wont start no cheack engine light


make sure fuel pump runs you can do this with a friend, have one listen by the fuel tank for a buzzing sound while the other one turns the key on pump should run for 3-5 sec.

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How do I prime fuel system on my 1998 gmc jimmy


Turn the key on for 5 sec. Turn the key off for 20 sec. Repeat 3 times

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96 blazer dies at during braking with less the 1/4 tank of fuel or will refuse to start while parked on a nose low incline


possible fuel pump and/or incorrect fuel reading...these senders in tank can give false reading to gauge.key on-engine off runs pump for 3 seconds...listen to the pump in a quiet place like a closed garage and alot of times these pumps sound odd when failing like a louder whining noise than normal. turning the key off for 5 secs will reset and run the pump once again when you turn key on but do not crank. fuel pump is fairly common failed item for this make and model.Replacing sender while servicing pump is reguarly done as well.

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89 regal won,t start but after 5 or 10 min. runs great


sounds like your fuel pump is going out. One thought might be that the fuel filter is causing enough resistance to over heat the pump. I would check the fule pressure to determine a free flow of fuel.

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Starts runs smooth but dies after 5-10 sec.


check fuel pump as a weakened pump will present this way it has enough power to prime pump(when key is turned on) but not enough to sustain running

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1999 Regal GS Super charged, Starts,runs 3-5 sec and dies


i gaurantee that it is the fuel pump ressistor up on the passenger side front behind head lamp assembly you will find the connector with two wires going to it. no need to remove old one install new one and connect wires to new one leave old in. dealer only part but not expensive. dont belive dealer when they try to talk you out of it. This is a kit to relocate a ressistor that has been installed in a poor location. I promise this will fix it. My wifes car did the same thing, took 20 minutes to fix and that is only because i am an electrician and am finicky about where to locate wires etc. the kit comes with installation instructions however they are a little vague. trust me. easy fix. my dealer tried to get me to leave car for repair and said it sounds like the theft detterent system. they were wrong and i was right. dont trust em

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