Q: why is my car chugs and dies after a half tank of gas

asked by on

Car chugs and dies after a half tank of gas , I have changed fuel filter already last week

My car has 186500 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The fuel pump may be starting to go bad, when you get below half a tank, the pump does not submerge in fuel as much to keep it cool and it will seize up and stall the motor. You will need to replace the pump and check inside the bottom of the tank for small metal bits that almost look like shiny sand. This all has to be cleaned out of the tank or it will ruin the new pump.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. why is my car chugs and dies after a half tank of gas

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: Ran out of gas, now my car won't stay running.

We can start by assuming the issue is related to spark, fuel, or air. If attributed to fuel, it will be a clogged or weak fuel pump. If the vehicle ran out of gas when this started, you may have...

Q: Car makes noise when starting that goes away when driving. Transmission leak.

Looks like your Toyota 4Runner is actually experiencing two different issues. Let us first start with the noise the 4Runner makes upon startup, that noise that goes away once you start driving. From my experience with working on Toyotas, and...

Q: Q: Blown head gasket

A blown head gasket is in most cases the final leg for an engine. This causes damage and allows fluids to mix which means other systems may have to be flushed as well. Many head gasket repair costs come close...

Related articles

How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.