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Old 07-10-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
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2002 RS act like its out of gas

I was driving down the road and it just stopped like it was out of gas. Gage showed more than a half tank. Luckily is was in front of a gas station. Push it in and added gas just in case the gage was wrong. It started for a minute, sputtered and died. Tried again - got the same result. It acts like it is out of gas. I had it towed home! Suggestions?
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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Bad fuel pump, fuel filter? In that respect it would be out of gas ....oops, not funny.

But there are some very knowledgeable people around here that know more specific issues the 4thgens had than I do. I'm sure they'll be able to help.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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My first instinct would be fuel pump or fuel filter, too.

Anyway....Got air, fuel, spark?
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:08 PM   #4
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I'd check the Fuel filter first, Fuel pump second, Fuel pressure regulator third.

Fuel filters are pretty easy, just hard to reach. I'm guessing the pump is in the tank? I've changed a fuel pressure regulator on a 5.7 vortech motor. I had to remove the upper intake ??? Damn I forget what it's called. The plastic, piece on top of the manifold itself... Anyway I had to take that off to get the FPR... The hardest part was the wireing harness.... Took about 2 hours. Not too bad if you like to turn your own wrenches.
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:48 AM   #5
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Yeah, fuel filter or pump, maybe injectors???. I had a problem with my '99 Camaro sputtering and dying when I put a couple tanks of lower octane gas in it. The check engine light came on, the works. Until that point I had put at least 91-93 octane in it. I put a bottle of fuel system cleaner in it and a full tank of 93 octane, then took it out on the interstate and ran it at about 110mph flat out for five miles or so, never had a problem after that.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:01 PM   #6
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Ive heard that the Optispark distributor on the 200* series Camaros, because of its placement can cause problems such as these. MSD makes a replacement thats fully sealed against the elements. Might want to check into that.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:38 PM   #7
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I was driving down the road and it just stopped like it was out of gas. Gage showed more than a half tank. Luckily is was in front of a gas station. Push it in and added gas just in case the gage was wrong. It started for a minute, sputtered and died. Tried again - got the same result. It acts like it is out of gas. I had it towed home! Suggestions?
I'm an apprentice mechanic and from my experience, that sounds like a fuel pump. Just like everyone said.. If it were a bad injector, it would most likely sound like you have a misfire.

Good news is, if you're not opposed to cutting a hole over the gas tank of your car, it's possible to change the fuel pump without taking the whole rear suspension (which according to shop manuals is the process required to replace the fuel pump) and pull the pump out there. If you do a google search for Camaro fuel pump replacement there are walkthrus available.

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Ive heard that the Optispark distributor on the 200* series Camaros, because of its placement can cause problems such as these. MSD makes a replacement thats fully sealed against the elements. Might want to check into that.
I believe that's for the LT1 engine. My buddy had one of those and it was a pain in the ass. The 3.8 liter like the OP has are much less difficult to deal with.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:24 PM   #8
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I'm an apprentice mechanic and from my experience, that sounds like a fuel pump. Just like everyone said.. If it were a bad injector, it would most likely sound like you have a misfire.

Good news is, if you're not opposed to cutting a hole over the gas tank of your car, it's possible to change the fuel pump without taking the whole rear suspension (which according to shop manuals is the process required to replace the fuel pump) and pull the pump out there. If you do a google search for Camaro fuel pump replacement there are walkthrus available.



I believe that's for the LT1 engine. My buddy had one of those and it was a pain in the ass. The 3.8 liter like the OP has are much less difficult to deal with.
Optispark is only on the Gen. II LT1 and L99
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I'd check the Fuel filter first, Fuel pump second, Fuel pressure regulator third.

Fuel filters are pretty easy, just hard to reach. I'm guessing the pump is in the tank? I've changed a fuel pressure regulator on a 5.7 vortech motor. I had to remove the upper intake ??? Damn I forget what it's called. The plastic, piece on top of the manifold itself... Anyway I had to take that off to get the FPR... The hardest part was the wireing harness.... Took about 2 hours. Not too bad if you like to turn your own wrenches.
what I was gonna say....mabe I should just stop posting....seriously though sounds like one of those three....Id go fuel pump first...but the fuel filter is a much easier/quicker fix if it is the problem.
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Ive heard that the Optispark distributor on the 200* series Camaros, because of its placement can cause problems such as these. MSD makes a replacement thats fully sealed against the elements. Might want to check into that.
optispark was only used on the LT1 1993-1997
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