Engine Mechanical problem
1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic
The car will crank with plenty of power but refuses to start. The battery is brand new and the connections are tight. We replaced the spark plugs and wires and checked that each one is firing.
We also replaced the fuel pressure regulator. Once we did so, the car ran great for two days and then suddenly behaved as though it was out of fuel. It would start, run about 10 seconds, and then sputter and die. Hoping that the gauge was wrong, I put in 5 gallons from a can. After two tries, the car started and I made it home. However, as soon as I turned it off, I attempted to restart it with no luck.
I tested the fuel pump relay and verified that it is working. I can not find if there is another fuse related to the pump. When I turn the key on, I can not hear the pump building pressure. At the time we replaced the regulator, we were following the recommended procedure to relieve the pressure in the fuel system by removing the relay. However, this had no apparent affect and the car continued to run. We had to disconnect a wiring link next to the fuel pump before the car finally ran out of gas on it's own.
We had a similar problem a week ago but the car finally started and we took it to a shop. They tested the fuel pump and told us the pressure was adequate. However, both the shop and myself have been unable to change the fuel filter because of how rusted the connection is to the fuel line. The shop said the filter should be fine for now. However, the car will not start at all now.
Saturday, January 31st, 2009 AT 1:54 PM