2. Include the mileage - 76,000
3. Stick shift or automatic transmission - Stick shift
4. 2 or 4 wheel drive - 2 wheel drive
5. Strange sounds - none
6. Fluid leaks - none
7. Past repair history if applicable - fully serviced, petrol pump replaced at 60,000 miles; car off the road (in dry garage) since 1998, but regularly started, battery charged, tyres inflated, moved (a little), but not been on the road since 1998.
I want to put this car back into service.
It needs a full service and technical inspection, but my problem is the following:
Since 2005, when I start the car's motor (which still runs BEAUTIFULLY !) And drive the car outside on a sunny day, I leave the car's motor running to come up to temperature and circulate the oil etc.
After running for 2-3 minutes, the motor cut's out and won't start again. (Normally it starts first time, every time).
If I wait for a few minutes, it will start again, run for a couple of minutes and then cut out (and need a few minutes to "recover").
I don't want to drive it for it's check-up and break down 200 yards from home.
Can you please suggest what could be the cause of it cutting out and suggest a repair / test strategy?
My "feeling" is that the electrics are OK, but it is a problem with the fuel system?
- failing petrol pump?
- clogged in-line fuel filter?
- clogged in-tank fuel filter?
- "bad" petrol (gas)? (I've heard that petrol (gas) can "go off" if left for 9 years? I've half a tank of fuel. Is it worth syphoning / pumping it out or is this wasted effort as the engine starts and runs sweetly for 2-3 minutes?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
After further investigating, (disconnect the fuel line at the injector inlet), I have noted that on turning on the ignition, there is a relay click, the fuel pump pumps petrol for 5 seconds, then a further relay click is heard and pumping stops. The ignition circuit needs to be turned off, a further relay click is heard and then by turning on the ignition again, petrol pumps once again.
I have emptied the petrol tank in this manner to replace with "new" petrol (old petrol dates from 1999.
Can anyone tell me if the petrol pump should pump continually, or is the 5 second "pumping effort" followed by nothing (gas feed tube into temporary gas reservoir and thus system not under pressure), normal?
have the same problem?
Saturday, August 18th, 2007 AT 5:15 PM