Fuel Pump Fuel Filter

Tiny
ADAM750
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I have a 97 cavalier 2.2l OHV seemed to have been getting a little harder to start, just moved somehwere where it is a lot colder then I was loving before(rarely below 0). Have been staying in a hotel with heated underground parking, outside temp ~ -15 degrees Celcius. Day before had gone on over 1500km trip no problems. I had been using my car and parked it outside for about an hour and a half, came back out and it would start but would idle for a few second then die would also die if pressing on accelerator, did this for a bit then just wouldnt turn over. Figured frozen fuel lines so I put in some fuel line antifreeze and pushed it inside. Been a few days inside and its still not starting, at firsts would start then idle for a few seconds then die did that a few times, would die if I pressed the accelerator, now it just cranks doesnt even try to turn over. Was still hearing the fuel pump for a while, now I dont think I hear it anymore. Would it still make noise if it was dry, could this be the fuel filter being plugged? How many hrs labour to change fuel pump or filter? How hard would it be to do this myself? : Thanks
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 AT 8:50 PM

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Tiny
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Hey.
I have a 97 cavi. 2.2. The fuel pump will still may niose if you out of gas. The fuel filter is very easy to change. It is on the passanger side behind the fuel tank. If you jack up the pass. Side and look. You'll see it. It has a clip fitting on on side and a screw on fitting on the other. It kinda looks like a pop can. It will be silver color. You can't miss it. The is a bracket it clips into. It should about 11 buck. No you should pick up some penatrating fluid. I recomend PB Blaster. Spray it on the screw end because you don't want to twist the line if it's old and rusty. You'll need 2 wrenches. I think 5/8 and 3/4 not sure exactly. The clip is a squeeze and pull off type. And just push on the new till it clips over the lip. Have some VISE GRIP ready too. Cause the screw in line side may round off and be hard to turn. But spray it up good first. First check for fuel at the fuel rail. There will be a shrader valve on the fuel rail. Get a pen or srew and a rag. Turn the key to run but don't start it. The press the the pen in with the rag wraped around it. If fuel come out fast or sprays hard then your fuel pump is ok. Did you notice if you service engine light on? Cause it kinda sounds like a crank sensor. Also put some Dry gas in the tank. Could be water in the fuel. You can find it at wal-mart. I have some other ideas to. So let me know if I help.
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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 AT 6:58 AM
Tiny
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I had a guy come and look at it banged on the gas tank with a plastic hammer started right up. Said its the fuel pump. How much labour is this gonna take and how much should the part be. He said $900, 610 for the parts then 1 hr and diagnosing it, $125 each.
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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 AT 8:52 PM
Tiny
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Bull poop! I just looked @ autozone and napa. Autozone 291 forpump strianer and bracket. Napa was 309. Trust me I had a ford tempo. And I changed the fuel pump 3 time in my drive way which was gravel. With a floor jack. And the tank was full. I will say I don't recomend it. But. It takes 2 bolts and the gass tank comes right out. 1 bolt per strap. Where do u live. I live in central pennsylvania. There is nothing on a car I can't fix. So 900 seem really high. Anyway. That is the most expensive fuel pump I have ever seen. I hope mine doesn't go. If you want a step by step. And you said your in a heated garage. Let me know. Cuase I can walk you through it. It'll save you 600 buck. And how full is you tank. Cause wal-mart sells a siphion for like 5 buck. You can drain you tank. The only hard part is if you filler hose is rusty. That's the one going to the gas cap. The big one is the filler and the small one is the vent. And they come off with a flat screw driver.
Ok. If you want to save atleast 500 buck send me back a mess. And ki will give you step by step. But if you don't feel confident you can do it. Shop around @ different garages. I mean you can buy ther fuel pump your self. And have a garage put it in. Thats an other option. It will saven 100 bucks ok. Shout back
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Friday, November 9th, 2007 AT 1:22 AM
Tiny
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I live in oil country and up here everything is super expensive and there is a bit of a labour shortage so $130/hr for a mechanic is the going rate. I did shop around, the parts are a bit expensive but the labours an alright deal. My garage is the underground parking at my hotel so unfortunately I cant tear into my car or I would. Id do a lot to save $500.
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Friday, November 9th, 2007 AT 10:40 PM

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