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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:06 pm 
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So I picked up a 98 Firefly with 155k Km on it for $400. It had been sitting for over a year. It would start and run great for up to 30 seconds then die out like it was starving for fuel. As long as I manually sprayed accelerant (my case brake kleen) into the throttle body or pumped the gas pedal, it would run but when I stopped it slowly died out. I contacted the guru Mr. Mullet and he told me to do a compression check. I could tell by the way it ran when it did run that compression was not an issue.

Okay, it's a fuel delivery issue. Started working through the system, when I removed the fuel line coming from the tank I turned the key on and got a weak dribble. Blew out the lines and they flowed freely. Must be a weak pump because it didn't sound like what I'm used to from these cars. I replaced the pump with a brand new one and it made no difference. I then replaced the sending unit/ fuel pump mount that bolts to the top of the tank and has all the connections coming off it, purring like a kitten. I now have a spare fuel pump.I then sold the car to a friend who was in need of a good running car but her minimum wage meant she could only afford a beater. She got it from me for cost of car and parts ($700) and has been driving it trouble free since the start of winter (end of October here). If you are having a similar problem don't go thinking it's the fuel pump right away. Sorry no pictures, I didn't have a camera available at the time.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:37 pm 
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An update,

It's now been well over a year of driving with no problems.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:39 pm 
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good success ! :P

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:20 pm 
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Another update.

Over 2 years and still purring along.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:43 pm 
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Still going strong. I had to replace the TPS though about 2 months ago.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:46 pm 
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Nothing like keeping a post alive. But you never did say what the problem was.

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never mind. Maybe I should read it better. Bet you it was a bad ground or power point. I always clean them when I drop the tanks.

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91 pontiac firefly, 1.0L 2dr auto. stock. (The crap can) sold
91 chevy sprint. 1.0L 5 spd. My first turbo swap. (Red rocket) now the purple nurple
95 geo metro. 1.3L auto parts car. (Scrap)
91 chevy sprint turbo, blueboy keeping it "stock"


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:49 pm 
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redneck racing wrote:
Nothing like keeping a post alive. But you never did say what the problem was.



top down@-40 wrote:
I replaced the pump with a brand new one and it made no difference. I then replaced the sending unit/ fuel pump mount that bolts to the top of the tank and has all the connections coming off it, purring like a kitten.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:50 pm 
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Ya. Juse reread it. Hard to see on my phone.

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92 geo metro 1.0L 5 spd. 2 dr Soon to be my turbo swap car. (Dragonfly) sold
91 pontiac firefly, 1.0L 2dr auto. stock. (The crap can) sold
91 chevy sprint. 1.0L 5 spd. My first turbo swap. (Red rocket) now the purple nurple
95 geo metro. 1.3L auto parts car. (Scrap)
91 chevy sprint turbo, blueboy keeping it "stock"


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:29 pm 
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redneck racing wrote:
Nothing like keeping a post alive. But you never did say what the problem was.

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never mind. Maybe I should read it better. Bet you it was a bad ground or power point. I always clean them when I drop the tanks.


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