Tag: fuel pumps

23 Posts

Chevy S-10 V-6 won't start
Dec 19, 2014

Hit it With a Rock: DIY Repairs

Dear Car Talk

Mike's truck wouldn't start and a mechanic of a mechanic passing by suggested he hit the fuel-pump with a hammer while someone else tried to start the car. Can Car Talk explain why this method works and whether he still needs to replace the fuel-pump?

fuel pumps

what happens to your car if you only fill the gas tank when its almost empty
Jun 19, 2012

Today: Annie's New Husband Is Running On Empty

Dear Car Talk

Annie's soon-to-be husband is perfect except for one unnerving habit: he refuses to fill up before the gas light comes on. Annie has heard that coasting into the station on fumes can be bad for the fuel pump. Can Tom and Ray help her make her case? 

fuel pumps gas tanks

why won't a car start when it's really hot outside
Jun 01, 2011

Why won't "Ophelia" the Accord start when it's hot?

Dear Car Talk

I drive an art car named Ophelia. She is a 91' Honda Accord with 250,000 miles on her. When I bought her, 11 years ago, the man I purchased her from said, "Oh and sometimes she won't start if it's hot out."...

summer fuel pumps Honda Accord

what happens when someone puts sugar in your gas tank
Oct 01, 2010

Is Marisia's Xterra suffering from a case of sugar-induced shakes?

Dear Car Talk

So ... I'm pretty sure my ex put sugar in my gas tank. I'm positive about the sugar; can't prove that he did it. But he's crazy, and this happened the first night I had gone out on the town and...

fuel pumps

Should you let your spouse repair your car
Mar 01, 2010

Today: The pros and cons of having your boyfriend repair your car.

Dear Car Talk

I'm a busy, poor veterinary student with an old, 1989 Volvo 240 DL. I have a wannabe boyfriend/mechanic who likes to tear into things and see what's inside, then put things back together the best he can. I appreciate his efforts...

fuel pumps DIY spouses Volvo

Dec 01, 2008

Is a burping fuel pump a dying fuel pump?

Dear Car Talk

My husband and I have been married for two months Recently I found out that his Dodge Dakota has been having a problem He says You just have to burp it sometimes What does that actually mean He reports that...

fuel pumps

Jan 01, 2007

What's the cure for vapor-lock-- when it's 145 degrees outside? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

I'm a soldier in Iraq, and I have a problem with what I suspect is vapor lock on a 2005 Polaris Rover all-terrain vehicle. Frequently (although usually occurring during the hot parts of the day and after driving about 2-4 miles)...

fuel pumps

why does my engine die on an uphill mountain grade
Jun 01, 2003

Engine dies every time it goes uphill...here are some ideas on what to check.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Mustang GT with just under miles The engine runs fine on the flat desert floor but when I try to climb out of the valley the V- begins to sputter and then stops completely If it sits...

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May 01, 2001

My engine keeps quitting but works after I crank it.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Dodge Spirit with a -liter engine It has more than miles Recently I accidentally ran the tank dry After filling it up and cranking it it started right up However five blocks down the road it quit...

fuel pumps

Jul 01, 1998

If it's not the fuel filter causing you to stall, your next best bet is the fuel pump.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Subaru wagon which has been treated nicely all of its long life It has about miles on it and has never given me any trouble until recently when it decided not to run It would start and...

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