A couple of times a month my car won't start. It will be running fine and i'll go somewhere. And when i'm ready to leave, the car won't start. It cranks like normal, but won't start. But after waiting an hour or two, it starts up like nothing was ever wrong. Is that the fuel pump going out?
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My car idled OK but not great and used to die during stops at times. I replaced the spark plugs and wires without a difference. Shortly after the car died with very little power, just enough to limp home. I had a shop fix it so I didn't guess what was wrong. They replaced the Ignition Module and some of the Coil Packs. They had to replace the Spark Plugs I just put in due to fouling. If you are smelling gas you are putting your cat at risk and might have a more expensive problem later. It cost me $500 but it runs better than ever.
do you have a dis system(direct ignition system)? If you do it is probably your crank sensor. If you don't it could be your ignition coil or distributor. You could tap on the crank sensor while starting this could help.
You need to buy a fuel pressure test guage from a tool supplier or a auto parts store, NAPA, Car Quest, and others can sell you this tester, then look on the top of the eng at the manifold that supplies fuel to the fuel injectors, on that fuel manifold you will find a metal stem that looks and is like a tire valve stem, this is where you test the pressure, of course the time to test is when you have a no start with engine cranking, if you find that there is no pressure then you must replace the fuel pump, it is in the fuel tank, also replace the fuel filter with the pump r the warranty will be voided