(To be specific I'm new to the maintenance and repairs of cars.)
My car has been turning off when I come to a red light or whenever I am driving slow (15-25mph).
I parked my car once and decided to see how long it would take to die.
The first time I turned my car on and let it sit, it died at around 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The second time it died at around 1 minute 50 seconds, but it turned back on by itself.
The third time it didn't die, so I quit the "experiment at 3 minutes and turned it off.
What I noticed though was that the dial (x1000rpm) would move up and down on its own.
Another thing I noticed was that I'd buy a gallon of gas, and at 4 miles it would already be empty.
My friend told me that it was probably the fuel pump.
** It's not the battery (after we had it changed it kept dying at the lights or during slow drives)
** It's also not the alternator (I had to call a man to tow my car and he did a test where he unhooked a part from the battery and the car was still on, and then told me it wasn't the alternator for sure).
My friend also thinks it could be some wiring because when I try to start my car sometimes it would smell like burning plastic.
If it is either or both of those things would I be able to have some friends fix it for me if I get the parts, or would I have to take it to a shop to have them lift heavy parts of the car?
If I have to take it to the shop how much would it take?
have the same problem?
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 AT 3:02 AM