1997 Sebring Convertible fires, won't start

Discussion in 'Sebring' started by Randy Shore, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Randy Shore

    Randy Shore Guest

    Hi All! I'm hoping someone out there can come to our rescue! My '97
    Sebring had been performing flawlessly until the other night when it was run
    in idle until bone dry on gas until it quit... (Don't ask, stupid human
    trick. :)) Even after putting some gas in it, is cranking, occasionally
    fires, but won't stay running for more than a few seconds. I'm assuming
    since the "Service Engine Soon" light is staying on, it means that the
    computer thinks something is wrong. Is there anything that can be done to
    fool the computer into allowing the engine to run?

    I'm looking forward to your responses via email!

    Thanks!

    Radi
     
    Randy Shore, Jan 3, 2004
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  2. Randy Shore

    Geoff Guest

    No.

    You might've fried the fuel pump. You could check by attaching a fuel
    pressure gauge to the fuel rail. More likely possibility? You might've
    sucked up some gunk or maybe water from the bottom of the tank, and now you
    have a clogged fuel filter or a fuel system full of water.

    --Geoff
     
    Geoff, Jan 3, 2004
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  3. How do you get a car that is completely out of gas to the gas station to
    fill the tank?

    I bet you dumped in a gallon from one of those $2.99 plastic gas cans, eh?
    That's not nearly enough. Try 4 to 5 gallons and I bet it starts up and
    runs
    fine.

    Ted
     
    Ted Mittelstaedt, Jan 3, 2004
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  4. Randy Shore

    Randy Shore Guest

    Thanks Geoff... I was fortunate that after disconnecting the battery for 30
    secs to "reset" things, the engine roared to life on the next attempt to
    start it.
     
    Randy Shore, Jan 3, 2004
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  5. Randy Shore

    Randy Shore Guest

    Thanks Ted. You're right about the 2 gals in the gas can. :) Anyway, as it
    turns out someone else suggested simply disconnecting the battery and
    reconnecting... Sure enough, that did the trick and it roared to life on the
    next restart and went directly to the gas station to get filled with 13
    gals. :)
     
    Randy Shore, Jan 3, 2004
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