Q: Starts but will not stay running unless you pour gas directly into the engine

asked by on July 18, 2017

im not sure the milage i am fixing a car before i buy it and it starts but only stays on if you pour gas into the carb and if you put it in gear it shuts off if you tap the gas with out pouring gas into the carb it shuts off it sats for four years with out any gas all fluids are good beside coolent tank has old water but no mold it starts first turn after sitting for four years but idles a bit high then calms down and sputters a bit then it will stay on as long as you are pouring gas into it is there anything i can do to fix this beautiful car it has alot of work done so they say but it looks fairly stock

My car has 122258 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Fuel Pump Replacement $129.49 - $1235.95 Get a Quote
Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement $111.81 - $960.90 Get a Quote

It sounds like you may have a fuel supply problem in getting the proper amount of fuel to the fuel injectors. As you know, when you turn the key to on, the fuel pump is activated and the fuel system is primed with fuel at a specific pressure in order to supply the fuel injectors with enough fuel to start the motor. When this is less than what is needed in order for the motor to fire or in some cases higher than normal, you may notice an erratic fluctuation in engine RPMs, hard starting or a lack of power when accelerating as the engine may be starved for fuel if insufficient fuel pressure exists in the fuel system. This can happen when the pump itself is not working properly or when the fuel pressure regulator is not maintaining the proper fuel pressure in the fuel system causing the engine to starve for fuel. This can also happen when there is insufficient connectivity to the fuel injectors which can cause an intermittent fuel spray pattern into the intake system resulting in a lean fuel condition or the motor otherwise starving for fuel. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your fuel system.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

What is a throttle body filter

Code P0068 can have to do with the Throttle Position Sensor. It can also be due to a Mass Air Flow sensor fault. Usually this code can be set due to a vacuum leak, either somewhere in the air intake...

I'm a bit confused. You show 1 timing chain, my 2006 CTS has a total of three. Perhaps you're suggesting that the main chain is damaged.

When it comes to replacing the timing chain in your vehicle, it is best to replace all of the timing chains. For your engine, the camshaft timing chains are more likely to stretch more than the main drive timing chain....

HOW MANY SPARK PLUGS DO I NEED FOR A 93 LEXUS ES300

Your car has six spark plugs, three on each "side" or "bank" of the engine. To obtain a detailed, written estimate of the cost to replace those 6 plugs, please use YourMechanic's spark plug replacement service page. To have the...

My Cadillac CTS displayed a message saying trans hot engine idle what could the cause of that be?

Check the transmission fluid and see if its low or too high. Low or too high transmission fluid will cause the transmission to overheat. The transmission temperature sensor will pick up this condition and keep the vehicle from going into...

Burning smell from inside the cab?

Sounds like you have a handful of things to deal with. But as for the burning smell; if it is coming from the vents when the heat is on, it could be that you have a blower resistor overheating. The...

2010 cadillac srx no crank just a click noise when trying to crank new battery and starter fuse and relay in good.

What you are describing sounds like a faulty starter solenoid. A faulty starter solenoid will generally produce a clicking sound when turning the key. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity...

Car will not start

Hi there. Thanks for writing into about the starting issues with your 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol. After reading your question, it appears that you might have a problem with the ignition switch itself if others are able to start...

oil pan gasket replacement cost

Hello, thank you for writing in. The oil pan gasket can be tricky to replace. Quoting an exact price for this service can also be tricky. Removing the oil pan to access the gasket is the hardest part, and can...

I was wondering if a veil side fortune body kit would fit on this car if I ordered on and had it installed.

The full body kit is designed for the RX-7 from 1993 to 2002 models. Your model of the R2 and the kits model of FD3S is the same design only a little different to accommodate for an engine with dual...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re a Realtor or Real Estate Agent
If If you make your living as a realtor or real estate agent, you may have a number of considerations when it comes to purchasing a used vehicle. The most common considerations are budget, ability to transport people, and comfort....
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Cadillac CTS
The The 2012 Cadillac CTS comes with high tech features and a large amount of standard equipment when compared to its Japanese and European counterparts. The CTS is available in wagon, coupe, and sedan models to fit the needs of...
Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Car Program
Drivers Drivers who are shopping around for the perfect used Cadillac may want to check out cars under their certified pre-owned program. Many manufacturers have a certified pre-owned (CPO) program, and each one is set up differently. Read on to...