Fuel Problem 97 Bonneville SE
I am having an issue with my daughter'* 97 Bonne SE (non-SC).
It has always been a bit of a slow starter (long cranking times) since I bought it in Feb. 2006. Here lately it has been getting harder to start. She has had to crank, wait, crank, wait, crank and then when it does finally start, it acts like it has been flooded and you can smell gas.
I put my code reader on it...no codes, no erratic data from the TPS, MAF, IAT, etc.
Put the fuel pressure gage on...only getting 28 PSI max during 2 sec. fuel pump prime at key-on. pressure drops to around 20 while cranking. After starting it reads 30-33 PSI MAX during engine running at idle. Removed vacuum line at pressure regulator...no drop or rise in pressure. Still 30-33 PSI. Drops slightly when opening throttle. Service manual says it should be 48-55 PSI.
Engine performance seems to bo OK, mileage is OK, too.
Does this seem to indicate a faulty fuel pump or a bad pressure regulator??
Looks like the pressure regulator is not removable from the fuel rail. Must replace fuel rail with regulator?
Why does it smell like gas if the pressure is LOW?? No visable leaks that I can see.