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Posted on Dec 31, 2010

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Chevy Blazer no gas will not start. Changed filter, gas gage lies about level. Goes to zero when starting. Full tank.


Possible bad fuel pump. Have someone crank the engine while rapidly hitting the bottom of the fuel tank with your fist agressively. You can also use a hammer and hit the tank using the flat of the hammer head while the engine is being cranked. If it starts or tries to start, suspect a bad fuel pump

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My truck just suddenly started acting like it wasn't getting gas and stuttering, then it died and didn't want to start unless i was holding down the gas and now doesn't want to start at all and its not the...


for sure get under truck with someone else inside with a rubber hammer or a block of wood hit the tank in the center and ask the person to crank the engine if it starts yes fuel pump time this is quite often the problem if it doesnt work start new fuses first then fire at the plugs injectors and so on but almost sure 95% fuel pump as well change fuel filter or you may have bad gas but it ran good before and nobody put sugar in the tank

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If someone hit my gas tank with there hand my car will start and my check engine light will not go out


Dear Sir,
If Your car getting start after hitting to gas tank it means fuel pump for gas is fitted on gas tank it operated with electric motor and it supply fuel to engine without fuel car will not start if that motor not working due to some problem in it like poor carbon connection or motor winding problem you can not repair that motor you have to replace fuel pump assay, after that problem will solve get it done as early as possible because now it is working after hitting but after few days it will not start at all then you have to tow car till workshop or replace fuel pump same place where car stop working. thanks.

Oct 26, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

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1998 sts wont start unless u hit the gas then it runs rough ..u put it in drive it wont run over 2000 rpms then it dies


Is the gas tank above 1/2 tank now?

A worn / aged fuel pump will fail when it's hot and the fuel level is low (example: below 1/4)

Park your car in a cool area.

Start the car when it's cold outside,

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Check the engine fuel pump pressure.
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Replace the fuel pump relay,fuel filter,fuel pump and fuel pump stainer at the same time.
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Jun 22, 2010 | 2001 Cadillac Sts

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Gas gauge


Remove the dash and remove the gas gauge pod - look for burnt circuits as this is the easiest part of the equation. Unless you hit something with the gas tank [ if you did - there will be a large dent in the tank] the problem mathematically lies in the gauge/wiring and not the tank/gauge.
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Truck wont start unless i hit gas tank ,no fuel to carb.


sad to say ur fuel pump is dieing and u hitting the tank is only a short term bandage it will get u home sometimes but it will completely stop working shortly

Jan 20, 2010 | 1994 Chevrolet S-10

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Ran out of Gas in '96 Chev Blazer


the fuel pump motor is lubricated by the gas in your tank
when you ran out it sounds like the fuel pump motor seized and is stuck there.There is a little known thing that will get the pump unstuck if it's not burnt up .
take a hammer,yep a hammer,
have someone hit the bottom of the gas tank while someone cranks the engine,don't be afraid to hit it hard you want the fuel pump to feel the hit and loosen up,make sure your tapping the tank and not the metal strap that holds the tank up! That should get you going,

Nov 25, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Blazer

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Have 2002 Yukon that won't start if under 3/8 or 1\4 of gas


hi, the banging on the tank is a typical fuel pump scenario , but to last for years is not very likely , i think it needs to be diagnosed to see what's missing when it wont start .

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Locating and replacing fuel pump 2003 pontiac grand am


In tank, see link for procedure. Make sure it's pump causing problem, as other items come in to play also.

http://www.autozone.com/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c1528023b196

Feb 20, 2009 | 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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