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Old 09-21-2016, 08:04 AM   #1
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Yesterday's little adenture

So yesterday morning on the way to work, as I was pulling out of my neighborhood and accelerating to join traffic......the car just died! I was able to coast off into a nearby church parking lot and tried restarting it a few times. It cranked fine and would turn over but would only idle rough for a few seconds before shutting down again as if it was running out of fuel. Even though my fuel pump is new, that was still my first thought until I noticed a strong gas smell coming from under the car. I stopped trying to start it and hopped out to see a puddle of gas under the car and gas streaming down from the back of the engine area. I had my intake manifold off last week, so it was pretty obvious at that point that there was something wrong with the fuel line connection to the fuel rail at the back of the intake manifold.
At that point I was late for work, so I found someone in the church to talk to and got permission to leave the car there until after work. I was just outside my neighborhood so it was a quick walk back to get my other car to get to work.
Anyway, after work I went back with some tools and pulled off the cabin filter assembly and engine covers to get access to the back of the manifold. Sure enough, that fuel line was loose. Ever since I put the manifold back on last week it's been haunting me that I didn't like how that fuel line felt going back on. I had checked it several times to be sure it was all the way on, but even though it felt secure I never got the solid "click" that I was looking for on the coupling. Well as soon as I touched it yesterday it went on with that "click" I hadn't gotten before. For whatever reason, even though the line was pushed all the way onto the end of the rail the plastic tabs obviously hadn't engaged properly to hold it in place so it had worked back off. The car started right up with no leaks once that fuel line was reconnected. I can't blame the car on this one, it's my fault for not getting that line on properly the first time. Alls well that ends well, but I feel very lucky that it happened close to home and that the car wasn't hot yet so nothing caught fire with the fuel leaking like that.


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Old 09-21-2016, 09:00 AM   #2
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I bet the car's fuel pump is dead.
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:22 AM   #3
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I bet the car's fuel pump is dead.
?? Sorry for the long post, I'm assuming you didn't read it all?
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:07 PM   #4
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doh!
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:47 PM   #5
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Good way to burn a car down.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:02 PM   #6
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Yep. OP is lucky that gas didn't hit the exhaust.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:03 PM   #7
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Although that was scary, your DIY skills saved a lot of money. Imagine... A tow, a diagnostic charge, labor, and who knows what else.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:33 PM   #8
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Yep. OP is lucky that gas didn't hit the exhaust.
Heck yeah, I feel very lucky! Best bit of luck was that I had just started driving so everything wasn't warmed up yet. 20 minutes down the road might have been a different story once that exhaust was at full temp!
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