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Q: Car needs fuel pump

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My car won't start. I think I need a fuel pump.

Hello. Your van may not start for many reasons. If the engine is cranking over and just not starting then it can very well be a fuel pump. If the engine is not cranking then it may be a battery or a starter. If the engine is cranking then what I would typically do is listen for a buzzing from the fuel tank when the key is first turned on. If there is not noise then the fuel pump is not coming on so it may be bad. If that is the case then I would check for fuel pressure and if none is found then I would check for power at the fuel pump. If there is power then the pump is bad. If there is fuel pressure then the issue may be a bad crank position sensor or a failure in part of the electrical system. You can have a certified mechanic perform these tests to diagnose why your car is not starting and replace your fuel pump if necessary.

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