Originally Posted by HarpKatt
I live on Long Island. If it were the fuel filter though wouldn't I notice a drop in power?
I did have a slight hesitation when it happened to me, and a slight power loss. How many miles are on the car? Did you ever have the fuel filter changed?
Your post just struck me because I was getting terrible gas mileage and the new fuel filter took care of it. The other part I wonder about is a fuel leak. I am guessing that since we used salt on our roads (in PA), that in NY I would wager you use salt as well.
My Bonne is a '96 SE and it spent the first 10 years of its life in PA winters. 2 years ago I have to replace all the brake lines that had rotted out, from weather and salt. Last year I had to replace all the fuel lines that had rotted out, from weather and salt. I am sure there are tons of people on here who can offer better advice than I can, but I would still suggest sniffing around under your car.
Given the age of the car, and given where you live, I do not think a bad fuel line is out of the question. Of course, I spent $400 in having all the fuel lines replaced, so I would suggest the $20 to change the fuel filter yourself. Assuming of course it had not been done in recent memory. I think a $20 risk is well worth the reward, assuming you have eliminated other options first. Do you know when and if it was changed, and how many miles you have on your car?