2000 Chevrolet Malibu. I ran out of gas last night. I have put some gas back in, but my car still wont start. Any suggestions. I really cant afford to take it anywhere. Thanks.
Answer: Thanks for visiting. After running out of gas, it will take some time to get the fuel system primed all the way up to the engine. It may take 3-4 times cranking for a few seconds, with a 5 second pause between to get fuel up to the engine.
Also may have sucked up some dirt/debre into the fuel pump after running it dry. May want to change fuel filter. You can try to have someone bang on the bottom of the tank while someone else cranks engine. Sometimes this will free up a stuck fuel pump.
2001 Chevy.3.4L V6. Security light. No codes. Replaced fuel filter. Question: We went out to start the car last week, upon cranking the engine the security light began to flash. We set the car to the on position to do the relearn procedure for the passlock system as we have had multiple problems with this cars security, it has always worked before. This time it did not, after the 10 minutes had passed we tried to start the car, the security light is now lit solid instead of flashing, the car still cranks but will not start.
We did some reading and figure that one of the parts to the security system had gone bad, we had it taken to a local gm dealer for diagnostics, no codes on security came up. The security light is still on, which they cannot explain. However they want to change my fuel pump because there is not fuel pressure, for $700. I would like a second opinion before i pay that much money on something I believe is security related. Thanks for your help.
Answer: Assuming you have a vehicle that only requires one 10 minute learn procedure (you forgot to mention what kind of car you have) and you've done the re-learn before yourself and it worked, there still could be a problem with the theft deterrent security system on your vehicle.
There is most likely a code stored that didn't get checked correctly at the dealer, but there are also occasions that a problem will occur and not set a code. Seeing many security issues over the years, you probably have a bad ignition cylinder. The cylinder houses the Passlock sensor which learns the chip in your key when you turn the ignition.
A repair like this will have to be done at a GM dealer, as it will need to be programmed correctly after installation. I doubt you have a faulty fuel pump due to this problem, but there are many times a vehicle may have two separate issues that need repair.
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