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My 99 cadillac catera has been sitting idle for a few months. I managed to get it started 5 seperate times and noticed it had very little gas. I filled it up to capacity and drove it home. About 2 hours later I tried to start it again and it just wouldnt turn on. could putting all that gas at once mess it up somehow?

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It's possible that if the tank was near empty for a while you could have stirred up some contaminants in the gas tank when you filled it up and now the sock on your fuel pump is clogged.

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  • dennis_sanch Mar 18, 2011

    Is it possible for me to fix the issue myself? I dont have the funds to take it to a mechanic at the moment.

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    Iron Mar 18, 2011

    Yes. You can lower the gas tank and remover the fuel pump. You will need to remover the negative battery cable first. That gas tank is full so have some help or have it supported as you lower it. There will be some hose you need to disconnect. Then separate the electrical connectors. Then there are two metal straps held with a bolt on each side. Remove a bolt from each side on the rear side. Lower the tank. Make sure you disconnect the hose off the pump as soon as you can so you don't snap the connectors. With a flathead screwdriver and a mallet tap that circular metal looking thing counter clockwise and the pump will pull up. Reverse to install. this is a common at home fix and many people do it at home. Good luck to you.

  • Iron
    Iron Mar 18, 2011

    Remove the positive battery cable first.

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