98 SL2 wont start

Tiny
MRCHILDERS
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  • 1998 SATURN SL2
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
Have a 98 sl2 that died while driving. Been told its the fuel pump. But it runs when key turned to on. Replaced filter, and fuel press. Gauge says zero but get fuel out after checking. Is there a fuel cutoff valve or anything else to check first?
when turned over it fires for a second.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 AT 8:08 AM

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Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Pressure gauge says 0 psi-best recheck the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter and fuel pump
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 AT 11:14 AM
Tiny
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Just to add to this one the fuel pumps don't fail often on the later saturn S models like yours.I would make sure the fuel pressure gauge is screwed down fully on the nipple while checking the fuel pressure. If you still have little or no fuel pressure then take a dead blow hammer turn it side ways and smack the bottom the fuel tank where you see a little small square are in the middle of the tank while someone is trying to start the engine. See if it starts that way don't get get carried away while your smacking the fuel tank.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 AT 6:30 PM
Tiny
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What would this tell me if it did work? Something in the tank or the strainers?
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 AT 7:55 PM
Tiny
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So did it start when you smack the gas tank?Did you recheck the fuel pressure before you hit the gas tank?If you had no start and no fuel pressure then hit the tank and it started and has fuel pressure bad fuel pump.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 12:48 AM
Tiny
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Replacing pump, bolts rusty, someone else had broke the filter bolts, I broke the fill neck support bolt, should I expect the strap bolts to do the same?
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 3:45 PM
Tiny
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The strap bolts are up higher then those other bolts so I would expect them to be less rusty. Get some liquid wrench or something like it and let all the bolts soak real good before try to remove. Also remove them by hand to lessen the chances of breaking the bolt's.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 3:59 PM
Tiny
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Got some pb blaster and sprayed them yesterday. Another question on the car, the chimes continue without the key in the ignition and the lights off anytime the door is open. Is there something it is trying to tell me or is it the ignition sw that other gm's are good for?
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 7:18 PM
Tiny
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If the cylinder is popping all the way back up when you pull the key out then the ignition switch is bad the electrical part. That pb blaster works pretty good I have used it before.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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Got her all back together today and fired her up! So it runs now! Looked at the ignition sw. It doesnt seem to pop all the way back out. Its not the fast chime like I get with headlights on. Would checking some inputs be the best way to see what is telling it to chime?
On the fuel situation I noticed that the pressure test port is leaking by a little, is there a way to reseat it to make it seal or replace and where can I find one? Thanks.
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Sunday, April 17th, 2011 AT 7:17 PM
Tiny
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If its a slow chime and the ignition cylinder isn't popping all the back up when you remove the key that is your problem the ignition cylinder is sticking. If the fuel pressure test port is leaking a little then you can try getting a valve core tool remover and changing the valve core in there. If that doesn't work then you will have change the fuel feed line that goes from the fuel filter to the fuel rail. If you have to replace the line you can try going to a GM dealer and ordering it or a pick a part you would be looking for a 1998 or 1999 saturn to get the line off of.
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Monday, April 18th, 2011 AT 12:16 AM

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