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Question DetailsAsked on 2/9/2017

Mechanic that fix 97 Nissan Sentra fuel pump

Car can't start it's not the alternator or stater

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There is a recall out on Nissan Sentra fuel pumps - you would have to check at NHTSA or manufacturer website to see if it applies to your model and year and engine size.


I would not assume it is the fuel pump unless you have deetermined you are getting no fuel pressure through the fuel supply system - could be an electrical (including battery) or electronic control problem, for instance. You did not say exactly what happens when you try to start the car - but unless it is cranking well fuel pump would not be at the top of the suspect list - electrical/battery would be, then maybe starter motor if battery and connecting cables are good. Might well be something as simple as a corroded or oiled up connection on a battery or starter cable not making good enough contact to crank the car, for instance - even though lights and such might still work. Or if it cranks OK, and especially if you get gas fumes coming out the exhaust, could be an ignition problem.


The fuel pump/filter module is a pretty pricey thing to replace so I would not automatically go there unless a fuel pressure test (and confirmation that there is plenty of fuel in the tank) says that is likely the problem, and even then a check on electrical continuity would be the first test before pulling it - could just be wiring broken or pulled free by ice buildup or a piece of road debris hitting the wiring. Several things to check before going into replacing the fuel pump.


Mobile mechanics does not have a separate Angies List category, though with the number of questions asking for them here sounds AL might do well to start a new category, rather than lumping them in with Auto Repair in general - the current Search the List category. So - you probably need to yellow pages or google for mobile mechanics, then cross-check on Angies List to see if those companies have any ratings or reviews before choosing one.


Personally, since this involves removing the fuel pump/filter assembly from the fuel tank (and maybe dropping the fuel tank as well, in many cars), that is not something I would be comfortable with a mobile mechanic doing - or at least not anywhere near my residence or other vehicle, just in case.


I would go to a mechanic shop or dealer shop - and ask when you call - some will give you a free tow for a non-running car if the repair is done at their shop.



Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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