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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2dr Coupe

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Sub-Compact
25 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
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June 18, 2013, 11:01 pm

Jessica 
 

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
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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.


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