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Old 10-25-2004, 08:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy Solara starts and then kills

My wife's 2000 Solara V6 has recently started to have a starting problem. It occasionally has this starting problem. It will start up, run rough, and then kill. It has only done this a couple of times - and only when it is under 1/4 tank of gas. I checked the plugs and none are fouled. The oil is clean and changed every 3000 miles. The PCV filter was changed last year. I suspect that it is the fuel filter and/or water moisture in the tank.

Can someone provide me to a link or some instructions on finding the fuel filter? I found out at an auto parts website that it is an inline filter.

I'm a die-hard Mustang guy and I know that when you change teh filter on a Mustang, you have to let the tank de-pressurize - either by letting it it for 6-7 hours or by hitting the fuel pump interrupt switch in the trunk. Will letting the Solara sit do the same thing? And will a simple disconnect kit work for the Solara as well?

Either way, I need to change the filter. AFAIK, it's never been changed.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Mark
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Old 12-04-2004, 10:34 PM   #2
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I would say that changing your fuel filter would be your best bet. The fuel filter can be located in one of two places, either along the firewall on the driver's side of the vehicle, or beneath the air intake hose along the inside of the fender. In order to relieve the fuel system pressure in one of these cars, you'll need to disconnect the power supply to the fuel pump, start the car, and let it run until it stalls out. Once you've done this, the fuel system pressure is completely relieved. Best of luck to you.
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