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Old 02-14-2008, 01:13 PM   #11
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here is my cell # if anybody is willing to talk me thru this over the phone... thanks
and please dont prank call..

718-877-8826 john
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How old is your fuel filter? If that'* original I wouldn't be surprised if it'* plugged. Here'* what I'd do...

Remove it, put a pan in the vicinity under the line, then turn the key on. If you get a nice flow, it'* not your pump, obviously. If you get the flow, install a new filter. Work back to the engine from there. A filter is the cheapest fix in the fuel delivery system.

I had an 87 Bonneville that crapped out the pump at 247K miles (in 2003). We decided to junk it at that point.
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I agree that the fuel filter and the like should be replaced.... Just an off the wall question, Is there fuel in the tank? ( I have seen the senders in the tank go bad leaving you thinking there was fuel when the tank was really empty...

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I agree that the fuel filter and the like should be replaced.... Just an off the wall question, Is there fuel in the tank? ( I have seen the senders in the tank go bad leaving you thinking there was fuel when the tank was really empty...
o.k i put on a brand new fuel filter last night. still wont start..

and yes i have added 3-4 gallons from a spare tank. so now my gas gauge shows i have a lil over a 1/4 tank..


like i said the car crapped out and sputtered with out the low fuel light even coming on... and once the car died the low fuel light came on and went off and has not came back on since in all the attempts to get the car started..
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Do you know anyone with a Fuel pressure tester?

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Do you know anyone with a Fuel pressure tester?
I think auto parts stores like autozone and advance auto parts rent them out.
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I agree that the fuel filter and the like should be replaced.... Just an off the wall question, Is there fuel in the tank? ( I have seen the senders in the tank go bad leaving you thinking there was fuel when the tank was really empty...
o.k i put on a brand new fuel filter last night. still wont start..

and yes i have added 3-4 gallons from a spare tank. so now my gas gauge shows i have a lil over a 1/4 tank..


like i said the car crapped out and sputtered with out the low fuel light even coming on... and once the car died the low fuel light came on and went off and has not came back on since in all the attempts to get the car started..

and also about the green wire clip by the battery not connected to anything.. should i try and jump that wire directly to the battery.? is that the fuel pump hot wire.?

and where is the fuel pump relay.. which one is it in the ps behind the glove box.? thanks
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Do you know anyone with a Fuel pressure tester?
when i find one how do i use it correctly.?

and should i junp the green wire by the battery.. im about to try it so someone stop me if i should not junp it.
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and also about the green wire clip by the battery not connected to anything.. should i try and jump that wire directly to the battery.? is that the fuel pump hot wire.?thanks
If you jump that, you should be able to hear the fuel pump kick on. It will sound kind of like a humming noise typically. If you jump that wire and have no sound at all... I think you're looking at a new fuel pump. I would probably go with what everybody else is saying and change out that fuel filter. But try jumping that wire and seeing if it'll kick on. If it does, see if it starts.
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and also about the green wire clip by the battery not connected to anything.. should i try and jump that wire directly to the battery.? is that the fuel pump hot wire.?thanks
If you jump that, you should be able to hear the fuel pump kick on. It will sound kind of like a humming noise typically. If you jump that wire and have no sound at all... I think you're looking at a new fuel pump. I would probably go with what everybody else is saying and change out that fuel filter. But try jumping that wire and seeing if it'll kick on. If it does, see if it starts.
o.k i tried jumpimh the wire and when i had it all connected and i got in the car to turn the key i noticed the gauge cluster was lit up and the rpm needle was going crazy.. so i tried to start it about 5 times and each time it still sounds like it will and it wants to but it dont...

im really getting worried as i honestly cant afford a fuel pump swap plus the tow to the shop..

any other suggestions..

i cant find a way to the autopart store to get a fuel pressure tester.. all my friends either are at work , wont answer the phone or just dont have a car.. :( im at a loss right now and very scared...
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