My Roadmaster has always been a little slow to start. The car has only 60K miles and runs great otherwise.
I recently put in a new starter, so now the engine turns over quickly, which it didn't do before.
Still, I have noticed occasionally that even though the engine is turning over quickly, the car wouldn't always start right away. I have NEVER smelled gas when this happened.
Other times, the car would start very weakly, sputter and almost die. I would coax it to higher RPMs. Usually once it got going it would keep running.
More recently, it wouldn't start at all until after a few tries. This would happen anytime, but most often after the car had been driven on a hot day and was still warm. Again, NEVER a smell of fuel. All the symptoms of no fuel.
So TODAY, I was driving along just after filling the tank (%^#^^*€€!!!) it burped and died. I tried many times to start it with no luck. Kicked a few times but that was it. I was ready to call AAA. (I think a AAA membership is a great thing when you daily drive a B-body!)
A guy nearby who was smarter than me got under the car while I turned on the ignition and said he couldn't hear the pump. I tried listening for it from inside the car before he showed up and I couldn't hear it either.
He suggested that he beat on the underside if the fuel tank while I tried starting the car. Started right up.
So here I am. The car has started a few times since at my house with no problem. I think I should replace the fuel pump so I don't get left somewhere else. The problem is intermittent, so I'm thinking checking the fuel pressure while running won't help.
I got under the car while a friend turned on the ignition at my house. Now I CAN hear the pump, but it doesn't sound really healthy. By this I mean weak compared to my impala, which I can hear easily from inside the car.
Of course I'm going to replace the filter while I'm at it.
Am I right, or am I missing something? Should I just put in a new pump?
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