Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: When I fuel up, my car will not start, it takes about 3 tries and I have to pump the gas

asked by on

When I fuel-up, my car will not start, it takes about 3 tries and i have to pump the gas.

Once the car has started, I need to drive it for about 10 minutes for it to be OK. After this, when the car is stopped, it usually take 2 turn-overs to get it started. This has been going on since 2012 and it is getting worse.

It seemed to start happening when my gas gage stopped working.

My mechanics have no clue.

Please help.

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: New tension belt was put on and the car will not start. The car computer is saying the timing belt is off.

Hi there. The serpentine or drive belts have nothing to do with the timing belt on the car. It depends on the tensioner that was installed, either the drive belt tensioner or the timing belt tensioner. I recommend seeking out...

Q: Car shuts off, will not start - 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

Hello. I would check for power at the fuel pump. It sounds like you have a voltage issue. Most of the time, this occurs when the fuse blows or when the fuel pump relay goes bad. These all need to...

Q: Bad gas in tank of 1994 Pontiac Bonneville

The first thing I would check would be for codes on the computer. If there are no codes present you could have a clogged catalytic converter. This is where the honeycomb inside the catalytic converter becomes so clogged that it...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.