2000 Chevy Cavalier

Tiny
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Engine Performance problem
2000 Chevy Cavalier

My car starts, turns over and everything, but shortly after, the engine dies. What is it and how do I fix it?
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:37 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Many things can cause your problem.....

First off is your check engine light on? If so need to see about pulling codes.

You can take a look at the info at the link below....

http://www.2carpros.com/first_things/engine_stalls.htm

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:48 PM
Tiny
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The battery light and the engine fuel light are on, but I've jumped the battery and all my lights work. I've checked the oil and I've made sure there is gas in the car. I jusy had it sent to a repair shop and they said it was fine. I drove home fine and an hour later, the same problem happened. I honestly have no idea.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:51 PM
Tiny
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What is the milage? Do you have a loss of power as well. Not sure it is the fuel pump.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:55 PM
Tiny
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I guess it could be the fuel pump, but the guys I took it to said that it wasn't the fuel pump.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:57 PM
Tiny
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And the milage is around 170,000. So quite a few miles.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:58 PM
Tiny
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You can check the pressure yourself. You can rent the guge at advanced and they will tell you how to use it. If you have a loss of pwer you could check the following Engine lacks power. See one of the following: 1.) Incorrect ignition timing. 2) Fuel filter clogged and/of impurities in fuel 3) Faulty or incorrect gapped spark plugs. 4) Air filter dirty. 5) Spark timing control system not working properly. 6) Faulty ignition coil(s) 7) Brakes binding. 8) Auto Trans fluid not correct 9) faulty distributor cap or wires 10) EGR system not functioning properly. 11) Use of sub standard fuel. 12) Low or uneven cylinder compression pressures 13) Air vacuum leak at intake manifold or plenum. It could be fuel relay. They get hot and shut down, ussually after 30 min, then you have to wait while they cool before you can drive again. Does that happen?Please detail in full all that happens, times and consistancy. Do not start throwing money at the car until youknow what it is. Some of the thing above may need done anyway
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
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Okay. I turn the car on. It turns over, the dash lights go on and then the engine dies. The lights stay on, the engine just stops.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 8:10 PM
Tiny
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Can you drive it to advanced and get the codes pulled? Ther are many things that could be the issue. How long does it run? 30 minutes or 30 seconds?
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 8:15 PM
Tiny
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I can't drive it anywhere. It runs for 2 seconds, literally.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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Could be the fuel pump, or the electric ignition on your steering colomn. They are a pain to change, and i;m not sur it to be the problem. Also check loose or damaged wiring in ignition system or intake manifold vacuum leaks. Make sure all mounting bolts/nuts are tight and all vacuum hoses connected to the manifold are attached properly and in good condition.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 8:24 PM
Tiny
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Donate a few bucks for a pro to help out again. I may be wrong about fuel pump and filter. Check you air filter as well to make sure it is no clogged. Did you loose power before it died?
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 8:27 PM
Tiny
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Ok, you say the fuel light stays on. This light is a fuel pressure sensor so it seems that there is a fuel related problem here.

So when was the last time you replaced the fuel filter?

Has the fuel pump ever been changed?

I am thinking that between the fuel filter and the fuel sock in the tank there is restriction. And when you had the vehicle towed to the shop it knocked loose the drebri and it ran fine till it was sucked up again.

So, if you would do as Kevin suggested and go rent a fuel pressure tester and check the pressure again. Let me know what size engine, in Liters, and I will get you the Fuel pressure.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009 AT 10:10 AM

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