Lost power and will not run

  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • 250,000 MILES
I was driving and came to an incline and halfway up it lost power and never regained it. Then it started sounding like a hissing sound almost like a hose was off but can't find one missing and when I made it to a friends driveway close by soon as I turned in it quit running on me. The car will crank back but when you give it gas it spits and sputters and cuts off.
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Thursday, March 14th, 2019 AT 2:47 PM

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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.

Many things can cause this. However, based on your description, the first thing I would check is fuel pump pressure. If it is weak, this can be the result.

Here is a link that shows in general how this is done:


Here are the directions specific to your vehicle. The attached pictures correlate with these directions and the manufacturer's specs are included.

Pressure Gauge Connection

Picture 1

- Check that the battery voltages is above 12 volts.
- Disconnect the cable from the negative (-) terminal of the battery.

CAUTION: With Airbag, work must be started after approx. 30 seconds or longer from the time the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative (-) terminal cable is disconnected from the battery.

- Put a suitable container or shop towel under the fuel filter.
- Remove the union bolt and two gaskets, and disconnect the fuel in let hose from the fuel filter outlet.

- Install the fuel inlet hose and pressure gauge to the fuel filter outlet with three new gaskets and the union bolt.

Torque: 29 N.m (300 kgf.cm, 22 ft.lbs)

- Wipe off any splattered gasoline.
- Reconnect the battery negative (-) cable.

Installing Jumper Wire

Picture 2

- Using a jumper wire, connect terminals +B and FP of the check connector.
- Turn the ignition switch ON.

Reading Pressure Gauge

Picture 3

- Measure the fuel pressure.

Fuel pressure:
265-304 kPa (2.7-3.1 kgf/cm2, 38-44 psi)

- If pressure is high, replace the fuel pressure regulator.
- If pressure is low, check the following parts:

Fuel hoses and connections
Fuel pump
Fuel filter
Fuel pressure regulator

- Start the engine.

Checking Fuel Pressure - No Vacuum To Regulator

Picture 4

- Disconnect the vacuum sensing hose from the air intake chamber and plug the air intake chamber outlet.
- Measure the fuel pressure at idling.

Fuel pressure:
265-304 kPa (2.7-3.1 kgf/cm2, 38-44 psi)

Checking Fuel Pressure - Vacuum To Regulator

Picture 5

- Reconnect the vacuum sensing hose to the air intake chamber.
- Measure the fuel pressure at idling.

Fuel pressure:
206-255 kPa (2.1-2.6 kgf/cm2, 31-37 psi)

- If pressure is not as specified, check the vacuum sensing hose and fuel pressure regulator.
- Stop the engine.
- Check that the fuel pressure remains 147 kPa (1.5 kgf/cm2, 21 psi) or more for 5 minutes after the engine is turned off.
- If pressure is not as specified, check the fuel pump, pressure regulator and/or injector.
- After checking fuel pressure, disconnect the battery negative (-) cable and carefully remove pressure gauge to prevent gasoline from splashing.
- Connect the fuel inlet hose with two new gaskets and the union bolt.

Torque: 29 N.m (300 kgf.cm, 22 ft.lbs)


Check this first and let me know the results.

Take care,
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