car dies

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jettaway, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. jettaway

    jettaway Guest

    very odd thing here.......Starts right up from a COLd start....but if I drive
    down the road and stop (don't even have to turn off engine...the idle drops
    and most of the time dies. 4 hours later I can get into the car and it
    starts but immediately dies. smells like it has flooded out. I can
    sometimes get it started and keep the idle above 1500 and it will continue to
    run but if I need to stop say at the store it won't start upon return it just
    does the ra ra ra ra...but won't turn over. Would this be something with the
    choke? or is it the fuel pump?
    jettaway, Nov 4, 2007
  2. jettaway

    jettaway Guest

    oh by the way its's a 1997 Saturn SC2 with 94,000 on it
    jettaway, Nov 4, 2007
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    marx404 Guest

    We had a similar problem w/ our '93 SL1 was the fuel filter. Have you
    checked for any codes?
    marx404, Nov 5, 2007
  4. jettaway

    Jeff Guest

    I had a similar problem with a '95 sw2. It would start and then I could
    drive for a while (Sometimes a few days sometime a few minutes) before
    the engine would just shut off. This would usually happen while I was
    driving (moving). It ended up being the fuel pump. The pump is in the
    gas tank. The gas actually keeps the pump cool. When the fuel level got
    lower the pump would cool less and as a safety measure it would turn off
    before it got too hot!

    The problem with this type of problem is that it could be several
    things. Unfortunately I changed several parts before I found the root
    of the cause. I wasted a lot of money and time because of this.

    There's a way to test the fuel pressure in the engine compartment. Next
    time this happens test the pressure. If you don't have fuel pressure
    then it is most likely a filter or pump problem. If the engine dies
    only minutes after starting then I would suspect the filter. If it
    takes longer then maybe a pump. The problem with the pump is price and
    time to remove and install. You want to be pretty confident that it is
    really the pump before you put that kind of effort into it.
    Jeff, Nov 6, 2007
  5. oddly enough this turned out to be the heat sensor. The sensor regulates the
    fuel and the coolant system........wild!
    jettaway via, Nov 7, 2007
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    Steve Guest

    If we had a FAQ, this problem (and solution) would be VERY high on a list ordered by relevance and frequency!
    Steve, Nov 8, 2007
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