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Virtual Wrench
Virtual Wrench, Mecury Mechanic
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Experience:  35 years Master Mechanic
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Car starts then shortly after stalls and dies like its out

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Car starts then shortly after stalls and dies like its out of gas... Then wont start again.
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: Yes, it turns over. Battey is strong
JA: Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: Then engine cranks over fine, it act like it is flooded or out of gas. If it does start, it runs fine for a few minutes, then begins to stall out and die, it sounds and acts like it is out of gas... There is plenty of gas in tank.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Also, i checked the air filter, its fine. I was thiniking fuel pump issue or a sensor
JA: Is there anything else the Mercury Mechanic should be aware of about your Mercury?
Customer: The amber engin light is on when it starts
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mercury
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 1 year ago.


I have been a professional master mechanic for over 35 years and am happy to help you with this.

Can i get the year model and engine size please. Also approx how many miles are on it


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Mercury Sable 2003
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
90k miles
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
24 valve overhead cam 3 liter
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 1 year ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** minute to pull up the specs on right back

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I check air filter to, its clean. Plugs are fine. I think its fuel pump or a sensor. Just wondering if another idea if i missed something. Unless you have a tip, i think im covered.
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the additional info

Yes, i does sound like a fuel pressure issue and the fuel pumps on these cars hardly never last past 90K miles. I would strongly suggest replacing it(at the very least its due) and also the fuel filter and i bet it takes care of it. We dealt with a lot of these cars doing the same thing and yous sure fits all the symptoms.

If you can have the pressure tested, it HAS to have between 40-60 psi or it wont support the injectors.

Any further questions just let me know otherwise a positive star rating is appreciated.


Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 1 year ago.

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If you have further questions PLEASE just reply and i will work with you as long as possible.

Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 1 year ago.

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