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2000 chevy astro van/ possible bad gas


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luvitinvegas
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Oct 12, 2012, 3:03 PM

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My Astro van was on E went to the gas station and put a half a tank drove to the grocery store and afterwards came out and van would not start. Bought some starter spray and it started up, next day no start, called a "come to you mechanic" and he said he did not hear the "whine" of the fuel pump when the key is turned over so he states new fuel pump. I added some STP fuel cleaner and left it alone to shop around for parts. Last night i got in and it started right up.. and this morning as well. Any chance it was bad gas? anf i also can hear the "whining" by the gas tank again.. any help


Hammer Time
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Oct 12, 2012, 3:30 PM

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Nope, not likely.

In tank fuel pumps are cooled and lubricated by the fuel in the tank. When you run a car out of gas, it pumps a lot of air through the pump which overheats it and causes some severe wear and many times, failure when they cool off.
You will need to use a fuel pressure gauge to verify this



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luvitinvegas
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Oct 12, 2012, 3:45 PM

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Thank you for the information, Is it actually normal to hear that whining sound by the gas tank?
And you think it is best to just have it replaced?


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Oct 12, 2012, 3:56 PM

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That's not what I said. It needs to be tested at the moment that it won't start to find out if the fuel pressure is correct or not. If you confirm the pressure loss, then yes, replace the pump and don't ever run it low on fuel again.



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