Weird electrical problem to pin down here! Recently I was unable to start my car at all: cranking but not catching, fuel pump not running. Unfortunately I don't know the cause because upon fiddling around with the wires going to the fuel pump assembly (checking voltages and jumping it and whatnot), the fuel pump magically started working again and I can start and drive the car normally now.
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However, I have noticed a new symptom, which I think is related. Occasionally, the car will stall out. This has only happened twice so far and the similarities between the two events included:
1. Was stopped and it stalled under hard acceleration
2. Was stopped on a downhill incline
3. Was stopped for at least 10 seconds
4. It'* summer so temps were up both times (at least 75F)
5. Started up immediately without running rough or anything
Any ideas? I've tried a couple of times to recreate the problem, but have not succeeded. There was a guy with a similar problem whose car stalled out upon acceleration from a stop like I do, but it also happened to him while he was moving, i.e. trying to merge onto the highway. I haven't been able to stall the car this way either. I think it was Justin who suggested the crankshaft position sensor, but the thread dead ended there.