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1996 Geo Metro • 4 cylinder 4WD Automatic •

Hi what can be the problem with my car it gets too hot and turns off and I think it is the fuel filter or ignition rotor
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Bugstar
February 3, 2011.



It probably gets too hot because your cooling sytem is failing to keep it cool. Does your radiator fan work/come on when it's hot? The heat can cause an thermo-electrical shutdown.

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Fixitmr
Feb 3, 2011.
Well I dont know if it gets hot and turns off but it turns off anytime when were driving it and the guy said he have'nt changed the gas filter in a long while so its probally clogged up. And yes it works the radiator

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Bugstar
Feb 3, 2011.
Easy to find out if it's clogged? Disconnect and turn on and see if gas comes out. If it squirts out it aint clogged. You didn't say how long you have to wait to start car again when it quits? You also say car gets hot. This by itself can make car quit. I asked you if radiator FAN works. If you just want to replace parts on a hunch go ahead, it's your money.

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Fixitmr
Feb 3, 2011.
Yes the radiator works but am I suppost to take out the fuel filter and then press on the gas or do I leave it and check because when it was on the car would drive fine then turn off out of no where what are the symptoms of a clogged filter

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Bugstar
Feb 4, 2011.
I check filter by disconnecting end going to motor and sticking in a can/jar and turn key just to 'on' (not start). Pump will run for a couple seconds and you will see fuel squirt out of filter if it's ok. If it just dribbles out then it may be plugged or pump is weak. If it dribbles you can remove it completely and test again for squirt from line. If good squirt then filter is clogged pump is ok.

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Fixitmr
Feb 4, 2011.
You didn't state when car turns off, if it starts back up again immediately?

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Fixitmr
Feb 4, 2011.
Yes it turns on right away but if I drive it it might turn off again and wont turn on until 20-1 hr.

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Bugstar
Feb 5, 2011.
So check it for spark when it quits and wont start. It may be the ignition module is overheating and shutting down. Or you have a fuel pump that is overheating and shutting down/acting weak.

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Fixitmr
Feb 5, 2011.
Ok how do you check if a fuel pump is bad please tell me thank you for this type of car 1996 geo metro

Tiny
Bugstar
Feb 5, 2011.
You could disconnect filter when it's not starting and check the flow rate or do a pressure test when running good and when quitting/not starting.

Tiny
Fixitmr
Feb 5, 2011.
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