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2004 cavalier fuel problem?

Car won't start unless I spray starter fluid into carb. Runs roughly a few seconds then dies after being sprayed. Will run if I spray constantly.Fuel pump, fuel filter, or relay? Trying to fix myself for my son. Please give suggestions.

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  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    i'm trying to start my car, changed the fuel filter and even tried it to run it with the ether , it starts and dies , fuel is not comming into the carb ?



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Please call me its easier to explain on the phone, in the mean time try something easy hit the fuel pump on thebottom with a brick or rock then have someone listen to the fill neck of the tank for the two second "buzz" as soon as you turn on the ignition, has this vehicle been run way way low on fuel many times or the fuel filter neglected to been changed at the 15,000 miles interval?
call me or I can call you 253-691-6206

Posted on Aug 24, 2008

  • Randy Harkins
    Randy Harkins Aug 24, 2008

    I forgot first listen at the fuel tank opening if the fuel pump does not buzz then hit the tank if it does after hitting it this quick tst confirms the operation of ignition, fuel pump relay and computer circuit for the fuel pump control circuit and you kow you need to go to THE DEALER for a fuel pump do not trust aftermarket pumps and NEVER NEVER EVER test a new pump or a suspected old pump for that matter fill a bucket with fuel and drop it in the fuel there must be fuel covering the lower 1/4 of the pump by applying power to it to see if it runs one revulotion of a dry pump will Kill it dead

  • Randy Harkins
    Randy Harkins Aug 28, 2008

    Hello I am just following up to see if there is anything I can offer to help you with your sons car if you need.

    Thank You, Randy



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