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Car died on me the other day. tried to restart

Car died on me the other day. tried to restart would put for a few seconds then die out. After a couple of times doing this would not turn oer at all. Seemed like a fuel line issue, had power and heard starter cranking. Remember alarm went off couple days ago, so locked and opened car with FOB, then she started right up. Is there a fuel shutoff on the anti-theft feature, and also would it delay killing the car for a few miles. I drove it and then died after I had her in park. Also the check engine light is now on.

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It seems to me as though you have a fuel pump problem. Very common problem in these type vans. The fuel pump units on these come as an assembly inside the fuel tank. Might sound a bit silly to you but a lot of times you can take a hammer or something and tap the tank from under neith and it will start for a few minutes. As far as the security system a lot of them are designed to disable the vehicle from getting spark however some do disable the fuel pump as well but not after a few miles it will happen instantly. Good Luck swiftautorepairs.com

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

  • dan lincoln May 25, 2014

    if you dont have a warning light for security or antitheft bothering you, i would verify spark, verify fuel. when it acts up, be ready to retest. you first need to prove you lose one or the other. if it responds to thumping the tank. its an intermittant or blocked pump. but if you lose spark, the pcm could cancel fuel for safety

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