Drive it until it dies because it ran out of gas, note where the gas gauge is and then note how many gallons it takes to fill it up.
You can't trust what the factory says a tank capacity is.
Say a tank will hold 20 gallons if it was bone dry.
But it can only use about 18 gallons of fuel because the other 2 gallons are below the point where the fuel pump can suck it up from.
Without visually checking things out, you could do a fuel pressure test with a gauge the next time the problem happens. Before and after you add the extra gallons it takes to get it started. So you have some hard numbers to prove what is going on.
Fuel pump replacement isn't too bad. But it can be time consuming.
You have to drop the tank, disconnect what feels like a million hoses that are all in the worst possible spot and then replace the pump inside the tank.
You want the tank to be as empty as possible, 30 gallons of fuel is heavy.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 AT 10:36 AM