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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-12-2011, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Car turns over but won't start

My son took his 03 Malibu to work this morning and 3 hours later it now just turns over and won't start.

I crank on it but can't smell any fuel at the tailpipe... I was figuring this means it's not getting fuel. Fuel pump.

Found some things here with "fuel pump" search and I'm going over again try those.

If it is the fuel pump, where would it be and how much problem is it to change out... in a parking lot? Are there any tricks to a change out?

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Update: Went out. Relay clicks. Pushed the schader valve at the fuel rail and some fuel trickled out... not much but no pressure. Turned key on, no pressure. Couldn't check the connectors in back by the fuel tank because I couldn't get my body under far enough. Thinking it's the fuel pump though.

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Is the security light on?

I had an 03 Grand am that forgot the key every now and then, and I had to go through this 10 minute learning procedure to get it solved each time.

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no lights lit on the dash after the initial key turn.
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no lights lit on the dash after the initial key turn.
That indicates that NOW the battery is dead.......or you have another major electrical problem.

I certainly don't think you have enough evidence to be changing the fuel pump just yet. I think it is IN the gas tank.
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It could be a whole lot of things.

Try jumping it, maybe its just not getting enough volts to start.

Its a long trip down those pipes, and with all the cats and such, plus only half the valves would be open, and not enough fuel pumped in during the initial engine crank, trying to smell gas isn't a good analyzer.
If you thought it was a fuel issue, the filter is in-line style and would be worth checking before pulling the pump off.

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No, I meant that, after you turn the key to run, and the lights on the dash light and then go out, there are no lights left on the dash. The battery is fine it cranks the engine just fine.

The car is at my repair guy, we'll see what he has to say.
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Well, it WAS the fuel pump... only because the fuel filter was clogged. The repair guy said the stuff that came out of the filter was black as tar and you couldn't even blow through it.

I got the car with 82,000 and I'm betting that it had never been changed out.
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No Start Problem:

I had the same intermittent no-start problem with my 2002 Chevy Malibu. Could it be the fuel pump relay? I had the problem intermittently until finally, the car had to be towed to the repair shop. The mechanics replaced the fuel pump, then the filter, then a camshaft position sensor, and the fuel pump relay. I had to wonder about the relay. Perhaps, if it had replaced it first... . Total bill was over $1,000. The horn on this car also seemed to have an intermittent problem wherein it did not work. Checked the horns and they were fine. Replaced the horn relay and the problem seems to have gone away. The Chevy dealer said that the horn relay has been replaced by one with a different part number, which I bought and installed. The fuel pump and the horn had the same relay. This made me think that perhaps both had the same problem - the relay. The relay cost me $20 or so and is a lot cheaper what I paid to have the no-start problem fixed. In any event, it would be a good place to start if you have this problem.

I am reminded of another problem, this time on a Ford, that the dealer wanted a $1000 to fix. I took the car back and did some checking that I should have done before taking the car to the dealership and ended up replacing a fuse that cost maybe $0.25. Always a good place to start.
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Re: Car turns over but won't start

I just had the "crank over but no start" issue as well. For me it was a failing ignition switch. The contacts within the switch were burned, causing a intermittent no start issue.
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