Mechanics

FUEL PUMP?

1998 Dodge Caravan

1998 Dodge Caravan Automatic 185000 miles

My gas gauge on my van has been acting up for a few weeks. Has a full tank of gas but the gas light will come on and the needle on the gauge will drop a little and then things go back to normal. Today I started my van and it died. When I tried to restart it, won't turn over. Could my fuel pump be bad? If so is this something my husband could replace? Please HELP! I can't afford to buy another car!
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Harbormom4
September 7, 2010.



Do below to determine if its fuel or spark problem

Get a helper disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine atleast 3/16 away from ground-have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, If you can hear the fuel pump come On- check the fuel pressure with a fuel pressure tester designed for your fuel system to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pick-up strainer/fuel pump/pressure regulator and also listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light and see if it flashing, If you don't hear the fuel pump, check the fuel pump fuse and fuel pump relay-Depends on what type ignition system is yours, No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, camshaft and crankshaft position sensors and computer Note: If it doesn't apply to your vehicle disregard it meaning if it doesn't come with one ignore it and continue testing

Rasmataz
Sep 7, 2010.