how do i know if i need to replace the fuel pump or if its something else


Asked by Jul 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM about the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my car will drive for a little while then dies. after a little while it will start but will soon die
again. is this problem the fuel pump or something else. where is the fuel filter located?

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Run down your fuel lines and you will find a filter it sound like it could be clogged or you might not be getting good fuel pressure


Typically when a fuel pump goes bad it just quits putting out enough psi for the vehicle to run. And the vehicle dies right in its tracks. Sounds to me like you might have a coil or ignition module that is heating up. When this happens a vehicle will die but as soon as the effected part cools back down the vehicle will start right back up.

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Is your check engine light on? If so have codes read this will give you clues to the issue.

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what would be the problem if my car starts but then two seconds later it dies and wont start for about 15-20 minutes?

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