Need Help?

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2dr Coupe

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
Trim Info:
Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Sub-Compact
25 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
Other Trims
Do you own this car?
Estimated Mileage
Enter current mileage for most
accurate info about this vehicle

Track Your Service Records
Get Recall Alerts
Get Updated Value Estimates on Your Car.
back to question list

Ask the Community

Ask Our Auto Mechanics

June 18, 2013, 11:01 pm


Question: 2003 Chevy Cavalier pump or filter?

About two weeks ago my car sputtered out like it was running out of gas and i pulled into a parking lot. The tank was empty so i assumed i ran out of gas. I had a friend bring gas and when i tried to start it, it would crank but not quite turn over even though it sounded like it wanted to. I had it towed to my brothers house and he went under the car and hit the fuel tank with a hammer where the fuel pump should be, and the car started again. It was driving normal again for about two week when it happened to me again today while i was driving. I went under the car and gave it a few good taps like my brother did and it started up and ran normal again. My brother thinks its the fuel pump or pump switch? but my step dad said he has never heard of someone hitting a fuel tank and a bad fuel pump turning back on. He thinks the filter is just extremely clogged. I have had the car for a year and 5 months and have not changed the fuel filter. It is also almost at 133k miles. In between the two times it stopped the car felt normal no jerking or low idle or sputtering.

June 26, 2013, 6:35 am

Elizabeth K

Well, I've never heard of someone banging on the fuel tank either, but it's interesting to hear that it works (in your case, anyway). A fuel filter is a maintenance item, so that's a good place to start. But there's no substitute for putting a fuel pressure gauge on the system and checking the pressure--the problem could be an electrical relay, a bad connection or a bad fuel pump, testing the pressure will help identify the problem.

0/0 users found this helpful.

Ask our panel of certified auto mechanics a question. We pay for their advice so you don't have to

My Auto Score

See the free AutoCheck score

Meet The Experts
Kim Perrin
Kim Perrin is our resident mechanic here at DriverSide. Kim worked as…
Tyler Orr
Tyler Orr is an expert in German and Japanese cars and has been a mechanic …
Elizabeth Kriesten
Elizabeth Kriesten worked as an automotive technician for several years at Dodge…
Tips on Servicing

Car Brakes: How Do You Know When to Change Them?

By Zach Bowman For those who suffer a daily commute through heavy traffic, your vehicle's braking system can bring thousands of pounds of metal, plastic and empty Starbucks cups to a stop hundreds of times before you get to work. It goes without saying that these pieces wear out, but they do so slowly, meaning you may not notice they need attention until ...

Read more…