Fuel pump. If yours is located inside the tank, have a mechanic do it for you. If you have a lot of gas in there it needs to be drained. A mechanic should have a transmission jack that he can attach it to and lower it without spilling a drop.
If it is an external fuel pump, get your ear next to it, have someone turn on the ignition, wait 10 seconds. Do you hear a little motor whiring. Then try to start.
No whirring or a really slow sounding motor, Replace the pump.
Let us know what happens.
PS: In tank fuel pumps get rusty from moiture in the gasoline especially if you keep less than 1/2 tank all the time. And yes they do just quit on you. Your warning sign was the sputtering & rough running.
Thursday, December 21st, 2006 AT 2:45 AM