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Old 07-23-2011, 10:55 PM
Quizzle23 Quizzle23 is offline
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Angry Stalled and could not drive more then 2 mins, HELP PLEASE!!!!

I have been driving all day, not non stop but running errands and stuff. While on my way to Colorado Springs I stop at a stop light and my car turns off. The battery light and oil light come on. I start it back up and it studders a little bit, I get off the main road and pull over. When I stop it shuts off again, I open the hood and wait. I called my mechanic and she advised me to pull up the back seat and hit where the fuel pump cord is behind the passenger seat and try turning it on while doing so. So I did so and my gf started the car and it worked but I could only drive about 3 blocks before it did it again. The 3rd time I noticed the RPM Gage was stuck at 2. I wait about 30 mins and then drive 2 blocks up the street to get out of the sun while waiting for the tow truck. I was able to start the car 4 or 5 times while waiting for the tow truck but the car did not shut off any of those times. I did noticed the first 2 times that it wanted to shut off because it was acting as if it was gasping for something. After waiting 3 hours the tow arrived and once I got home I was able to drive the car into my garage and park it, while doing this none of the previous symptoms occured. What the hell is going on ?!?!? My mechanic thinks its the fuel pump but I have been reading about the possibility of vapor lock. If it is vapor lock will replacing the fuel pump fix it and if not how do I stop it from vapor locking? Are there any other possibilities it could be and has anyone else had any issues like this?? I bought this car in April and love it but to be completely honest I am absolutely mortified about this situation, any help would be great.


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