Serious, but very strange problem - Need pros on this one!
Hey guys, let me outline the problem for you. I have a '99 SLE with nearly 107k miles on it. Here about a month ago, I went to start the car, it started up, then starved out and died. I tried it again, started no problem. Didn't do it again for a couple more weeks. Any how, few days ago, it wouldn't start up at all. Turned over fine, ran for about two seconds, then died. I just replaced my fuel filter two months ago, checked it, left the filter off then turned on the key. Couldn't hear the fuel pump turn on..and fuel just barely came out of the line. So, bought a new one, and tonight me and my unlucky father changed it out.
We're both novice mechanics, with me being a little more mechanically inclined than him, and it took us from 8 til 11 to get it done, with the reassembly being easier. After that was through with, I turned on the key, could hear the pump start up fine. Started the car with high hopes and...it died after running for about two seconds. Also, it'* started doing something very weird - when I turn the key to 'run' I hear a loud, fast-paced clicking sound from the firewall, that doesn't stop, almost like the ABS pulsing. I touched the gas pedal with my hand and could feel it vibrating strongly with each click. The door alarm started to sound very rapidly also. Continues to do this when I start up the car.
Giving up on it for the night I disconnected the battery to let the computer reset while I'm sleeping tonight, and I'll check on it tomorrow. Could this be a VATS issue or something with the ECM/PCM? Please help - I start my new job Monday that'* 45 minutes away and I'll be damned if I have to drive my dad'* gas guzzling V8 1500 chevy!