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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-25-2005, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Car Help, not a Bird...

My Roomate's GF's car has been stuck at the local Wal-Mart parking lot for the past couple days. She has a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am (base model) and here it what it's doing...

It starts right up, but then dies after about a sec, even when giving it some gas. As far as I can tell, the engine sounds fine (durring the 1.5 sec that it's actually running). I really don't know too much about these cars, just trying to help out a friend. Anybody have any clue what could be wrong?

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how does it die? does it sputter, cough, and then stall, or does it shut down like someone pulled the battery connection?




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Check fuel pressure.... When was the last time the fuel filter was changed?

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how does it die? does it sputter, cough, and then stall, or does it shut down like someone pulled the battery connection?
It sputters just a little bit then just cuts out. It will do this about 5 or 6 times then it won't catch at all until you let it sit for a couple seconds.

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Check fuel pressure.... When was the last time the fuel filter was changed?
How do I check the fuel pressure? (keep in mind the cars in the Wal-Mart parking lot). I have no clue when the filter was changed. It was in the shop just a couple months ago getting a lot of work done to it, mostly electrical, but I don't know the details. I don't think the owner knows either, it was her father that got the work done and they live in NY (she is here in VA with me now).

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It definately sounds like a fuel issue.
Look around the fuel lines in the engine bay for a schrader valve.


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It definately sounds like a fuel issue.
Look around the fuel lines in the engine bay for a schrader valve.
Yep... Sounds like either the fuel pump is barely pumping fuel, or the filter is so plugged it only lets a littel fuel through, just enough to run the car cor that short time.

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what engine is in the car
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