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Old 06-12-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default 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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Old 06-12-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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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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Old 06-13-2011, 01:45 AM   #3
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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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A lesson learned and shared for all of us: When buying a used car, check or perform all the maintenance to have a fresh starting point.
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