Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Toyota 4Runner 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 177000 miles
I just bought this car used. I took it to my mechanic, who did a major service. Replaced plugs, all filters, changed all fluids, replaced a trans seal and serviced the battery. I had not driven the car but one day, before taking it in for service. After I got it back, after driving some distance (running errands) and getting back in, the car would not start. It had extended cranking, and had to go through this for 5-10 minutes before it would start, when this happens. I took the car back to the mechanic, and he kept it for 3 days, drove it around, and the problem did not happen. As soon as I was on my way home, it started happening again. I took the car back to the mechanic, and it happened there. My mechanic replaced the fuel pump. The car started great for the first day, now will not start when I turn it off after driving for some distance, get back in and need to be on my way. Today, I discovered the fuel gauge sticks at just above a 1/4 tank, and the starting problem was happening. I put 6 gallons of gas in the car thinking maybe the tank was low, but it still has the starting problem. Worse when the car is pointing uphill, even on a minor grade. This is baffling my mechanic, and me, but it didn't need a fuel pump, and when he tested the sending unit, he said it cycled up and down and worked perfect, when he tested it at the time he replaced the fuel pump. Also, I should add, when the engine is turning over, the battery is strong,and the starter is cranking the engine over. In light of the recent major service, and how the car feels when it won't start, it seems like a fuel related issue to me. Please help.
Friday, March 26th, 2010 AT 6:10 PM