98 Chevy Malibu - Fuel Pump?


Old 09-29-04, 06:35 AM
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Angry 98 Chevy Malibu - Fuel Pump?

Arriving at my son's Boy Scout camp the other day my car died. This came with no warning and after an uneventful 60-mile trip on the highway. I was able to start it again, go a few feet, and it died again. I noticed a noise under the car in the rear; it was a loud whistling sound coming from around the fuel tank. It would get higher pitched just before dying. I was told it might possibly be the fuel pump. What's funny is that I went all the way home on the highway and the car didn't even miss a beat (I didn't even hear the noise). Now, a week later, while driving in town, it happened again. Would a clogged fuel filter cause this or does it sound like the fuel pump is going out? Also, does the fuel tank need to be lowered to access the fuel pump? I already know the fuel pump will cost me over $300 and I would like to avoid paying labor. Please help with any tips. The car is a 98 Chevy Malibu 3.1L V-6 with 140,000 miles.

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Old 10-04-04, 11:29 AM
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Never mind... The problem has been fixed (fuel pump replaced). This was my first post that never had a response within 24 hours!
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Sorry to hear that but I answered your post and I see that mine is no longer here.
Old 10-06-04, 06:32 AM
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Thanks for replying. I'm just glad I got the problem fixed.
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