One thing you might check, especially if you live in the states where they throw a pound of salt on an ounce of snow, is grab a test light when the problem occurs, and check for voltage on the gas tank. Be sure to find a good clean spot on the body to ground the light to. If you find voltage on the tank, rust has degraded the ground between the tank and the body. An effective repair is to drill a hole through the flange on the tank, (be sure it's outside the welded seam), and attach a new ground wire with a self-tapping screw. Attach the other end of the wire to a cleaned spot on the body.
The loss of ground was common in the '90s and resulted in a dead fuel pump. Of course, this doesn't apply if your tank is made of plastic. Please don't drill holes in that one.
Thursday, March 18th, 2010 AT 3:49 AM