Car isn't getting fuel

Asked by Aug 03, 2016 at 04:40 AM about the 2005 Chevrolet Classic FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2005 chevy malibu classic. For the last 6 months
my wouldn't start sometimes because of the anti-theft
system. I would have to turn the to on and wait 10 minutes
and the light would go out. Now usually when this
happened  you could turn the key and it wouldn't get any
fuel and only the anti theft light would stay on.
This time however I go to start and it acts the same way
(no fuel) and all the lights would stay on when. I waited 10
minutes and still nothing. I immediately asumed bad fuel
pump. I  had my mechanic check it out and thought a fuel
pump as well. I go buy a new one from auto zone plus a
fuel filter. He installs it and gets nothing. He sprays starter
fluid in the throttle body and it doesn't even start. Usually  if
its a bad starter it would still start with starter fluid right?
Anyways he thinks its the ignition switch and has to do with
the anti-theft system.  I wasnt sure so I thought it would be
best to take it to an actual chevy dealership. Guess what?
They call and tell me its a bad fuel pump. I tell that cant be
because I  just put a brand new one on. The guy says that
the reason it wont start is because its not a fuel pump
through gm and that 2nd hand parts sometimes dont work.
So I'm at a loss right now because they're trying to tell me it
will be a $1,200.00 job. Can this really happen with 2nd rate
parts. I still feel like its not the fuel pump and that I'm going
to waste money when they try to fix it and thats not the
problem. HELP!

1 Answer


1200 dollars? Are they nuts? What are the reviews on this dealer? Sounds like some price gouging going on here. Our local GM dealer wanted 600 bucks for a fuel pump assembly and replacement on my Yukon. Any way back to your problem, if your mechanic sprayed starter fluid down the intake and it still didn't start, that tells me that the spark is not firing, so I think you right about the security system stuck in shut down mode. Did the dealer check that out before jumping to the fuel pump, some of the systems turn both the fuel and spark off if in shut down mode. I think they need to address that system first, make sure you have spark and fuel pump power first. It has been my experance that most aftermarket pumps are better than factory pumps, especially name brands like Delphi, they were all I used when I had my shop and never had a comeback.

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