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Old 12-13-2010, 10:11 AM   #1
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car wont start help!!

hey im a college student and my buddys car wont starts its a 2001 impala. its been very cold here latley. 20 below during the day with windchilll. the car turns over but will not fire. it is getting fire though. somebody said there might be condensation in the gas lines that froze since he parked it with almost no gas left in it. but of course the trusty ol yj still started and he will never hear the end of that cuz he always talks crap about since its a 93
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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A full tank of gas and some additive for removing moisture might help in the future, but if some thing in the fuel line is frozen that wouldn't help till it warms up.

If the fuel in the tank is frozen its possible that the line is clear, an by adding fresh (warm from the ground) gas might melt whatever is in the tank.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:04 PM   #3
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Put a for sale sign on it. When sold, be a great friend and help him buy a Jeep. :P
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:51 PM   #4
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he did put a few gallons of gas in it after it wouldnt start. 2 gallons i think. it does have a block heater. would it help if it was plugged in?

as for the for for sale sign ive been telling him foever to buy one. he has a love hate relationship with it. he wants me to drive so we can get to remote grouse spots and just plain fun. but he doesnt really want the 15 mpg of my jeep he likes the 35 mpg of the impala
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:30 PM   #5
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I agree with a full tank of warmer fuel. Try the block heater. It won't hurt to try.

Fuel pump might be shot. Sh*t loves to break when it's real cold or hot out. Temps near me only get down to maybe 15-20 and I still keep no less than 1/4 tank of fuel.

What's the oil look like? If it's really thick from the cold that'll make start-up difficult as well
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:01 PM   #6
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k well thanks for all the help. anybody else got any other suggestions?
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Put a for sale sign on it. When sold, be a great friend and help him buy a Jeep. :P
great idea
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