1998 Sebring- low gas car won't start

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Old 12-26-06, 04:24 AM
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1998 Sebring- low gas car won't start

Not sure --but when gas is low about 1/4 tank, difficulity in starting car. Engine starts to turn over, but stalls out. I have not experienced this when gas tank is full. Is this common with the Sebring.
 
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Old 12-26-06, 10:42 AM
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When is the last time you changed your fuel filter? May be dirt in the gas that's compounded when the volume is low.
 
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Old 12-26-06, 11:39 AM
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1. The micro screen attached to the bottom of the electric fuel pump in the fuel tank may be plugged up with foreign debris from the gas stations fuel tank and you pumped some of it into your fuel tank. There is a BY-PASS port located on the side of the pump for just this reason. However, When the fuel tank gage reads about 1/4 to 1/8th of remaining fuel in the tank, This BY-PASS port is now ABOVE the height of the gas in the tank thus causing it to stall due to lack of fuel.

2. Foreign debris can also buildup and plug the fuel pumps micro screen and the longer the pump runs the more debris is collected on the screen due to the suction from the fuel pump. Once the engine stalls the fuel pump stops and the debris falls away from the micro screen and is deposited back into the fuel tank. Now you restart the vehicle and the pump begins to suck the debris back onto the micro screen and the process keps repeating itself.

3. The small rubber hose that connects the fuel pump to the pickup tube is also exposed around 1/4 to 1/8th of remaining fuel in the tank and you start to suck air of which stalls out the engine.

4. Since the electric fuel pump in the fuel tank is cooled
by the gasoline and as the remaining gas within the tank begins to get less and less, This exposes the pump above the level of the pump thus causing the pump to over heat and shut down for a minute or two.

5. The electrical connections at the fuel pump has been known to corrode and start to effect the fuel pump operation and it can get worse once these wires become exposed as when the tank is low on fuel.

These are the most common faults of this type of problem.
 
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Old 12-26-06, 06:00 PM
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Its highly likely that your gage is inaccurate and the tank is actually empty when it reads 1/4.
Hope this helps ya,
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Old 12-26-06, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by billys68ss View Post
Its highly likely that your gage is inaccurate and the tank is actually empty when it reads 1/4.
Hope this helps ya,
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This would be easy to diagnose if you live at a gas station. Let it stall out till it wont start again, and fill your tank. See how many gallons it takes and then see how much your tank holds. If you fill it up to about 1 gal till full, it may be your gauge.
 
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