Fuel pressure specs

Tiny
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  • 2000 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 6 CYL
  • 105,000 MILES
Car is running rough. What is the fuel pressure specs for my car listed above?
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Saturday, April 29th, 2017 AT 4:20 PM

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Tiny
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Please list the engine size when you have an engine-related problem. Rough running is usually the result of worn spark plugs and wires. Some GM engines do run poorly or won't even start when fuel pressure is just a few pounds low, but that applies more to truck engines.

Fuel pressure for the 2.4L is 52 - 58 pounds.
Fuel pressure for the 3.4L is 48 - 55 pounds.
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Monday, May 1st, 2017 AT 7:23 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the information. The engine size is 3.4L. Fuel pressure is 44 pounds. It starts up rough. I need to keep pressing the accelerator to keep the engine running. After awhile it will run on it's own. I am thinking it is the fuel regulator. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 6:54 PM
Tiny
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Before you get too involved looking for elusive stuff, did you consider worn spark plugs?

Four pounds low on fuel pressure won't be an issue on other cars, but to rule that out on a GM product, when the rough running is occurring, look for the fuel return line where it is rubber between the fuel rail and the body. Pinch that off with a hose pinch-off pliers. Fuel pressure will increase if the pump is able to develop that higher pressure. That will prove the pump is okay. Those cause a lot more trouble than regulators do.

GM has had a lot of trouble with their fuel pressure regulators leaking, but that also applies more to truck engines. Pull the vacuum hose off at the regulator and look inside it. If it's wet with gas, replace the regulator. Pulling the hose off should also make the fuel pressure go up. If it does, the regulator is working.

Now for the more elusive cause of rough running on GM vehicles. Unplug the small one, two, or three-wire plug from the back / side of the generator. If the rough running clears up, I'll discuss that in more detail.
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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:09 PM

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