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Put a new fuel pump, fuel filter & screen on. I was told that was the problem. it had left me sitting several times, to get it started would have to spray ether. I thought that fuel pump fixed it, I had been driving it short distances work, grocery store ect. Then it did it again it started, died and had to spray ether again... I also took it to a shop and had it hooked to a computer they said it was fine but the transmission was alittle sluggish. PLEASE HELP

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  • louise_1970_ Sep 06, 2009

    It doesnt stay running after I shut it off. it does kind of putter while running sometimes. Is there any sensors that would cause it to do that? I dont understand how the computer could say there is nothing wrong with it when Ive been having so much trouble.

  • louise_1970_ Sep 06, 2009

    Hi Rylee,



    Thank you very much for your help. I probly should have traded it in for "Cash for Clunkers". LOL Have a great rest of the holiday weekend.



  • louise_1970_ Sep 06, 2009

    Hi

    It's a 1994

  • louise_1970_ Sep 06, 2009

    If you had to "drive" it you might agree about it being a clunker. LOL It is fuel injected and we wiped out the gas tank and re-filtered the gas before filling the tank. Not sure what else to do?



    Thanks

  • louise_1970_ Sep 06, 2009

    No in my driveway.

  • louise_1970_ Sep 06, 2009

    The fuel pump wasnt grounded so he did that. Yes I still have the fuel pump, and it looked just like the new one. When I poured the gas out of the old one it had a little dirt in it not much though. He thinks it must be a sensor or something because you can hear the fuel pump running.

  • louise_1970_ Sep 07, 2009

    Great Thank You very much for your help. I'll keep you posted and let you when it gets fixed or I'll put it up "For Sale" on here. LOL.

    Thanks again

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What year is your car?

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    Jim Goldsmith Sep 06, 2009

    ok lets start at the begining...let's establish that it's not a :clunker" and, then we'll fix it...

    is the car fuel injected or, carburetted? if fuel injected: did the mechanics remove the fuel tank and, replace the in-tank fuel pump and, filter/strainer; then: did they steam clean the fuel tank?

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    Jim Goldsmith Sep 06, 2009

    was the fuel tank removed from the car and, the electric in-tank fuel pump replaced with a new one by a garage?

  • Jim Goldsmith
    Jim Goldsmith Sep 06, 2009

    1. did someone remove the in-the-tank electric fuel pump from your car?

    2. do you still have it?

    3. if you do; what does it look like?

    4. did they do any other repairs to your car?

  • Jim Goldsmith
    Jim Goldsmith Sep 06, 2009

    ok have him check the fuel rail pressure with a fuel pressure gauge (these can be purchased at an autoparts store inexpensively) make sure you have the right adapter for your car's fuel rail; the autoparts store person should be able to assist you; also have him test the old pump by: connecting clear plastic hoses to it and, connecting the pump to a battery: pour water into the inlet and, see if it shoots out of the pump (that way you can see if the pump can be saved or, sold) if it does spray: the old pump is good (don't worry he can't get shocked doing this.)

    if you find low fuel pressure replace your engine compartment fuel filter first, then contact me

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Hi

Thanks for using FixYa. Does the car idle roughly and stall when at idle? If your car has a distributor, you may need to adjust the timing. With the right tools and know how, this is an easy and free task. If your vehicle has fuel injection, you can check the injector by using a screw driver or mechanics scope. The injectors will make a clicking/snapping sound if working. No sound would indicate a bad injector available at most DIY auto parts stores. Also check the ICM, idle control motor that controls the air mixture.
If your car diesels when you turn off the ignition, it often signals the need to replace the spark plugs. Dieseling describes the situation where you turn off the key, yet the car continues to run for a few seconds or longer, eventually sputtering to a stop.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

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    Rylee Smith Sep 06, 2009

    Hi



    I would suggest you to check the fuel pump relay and also the air mixture entering the engine. This issue can be related to compression & fuel pressure. As the car is facing many problems but the ECM is not showing any fault codes, which suggests that it can be a faulty ECM. Check the ECM; it is located under the coil packs which are located at the rear of the motor on top.



    Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.

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