Hi folks, I really appreciate this forum. I am not a car expert but I learn so much.
When my car is cold it seems to start up okay, but after running it awhile, then turning the engine off to go to the store, usually 2 stops will do it, mainly after the engine is hot , then the engine will crank, turn over and then die. When I'm stuck like this its sometimes taken up to an hour for me to restart it by gunning the gas pedal to pump the gas into it especially on a hill here in SF and if the amount of gas in the tank is low, but it happens on totally flat ground too, when the tank has 6 gallons, like today. At first I thought i had flooded it but it seems the opposite has taken place. no gas coming in. I read the forums about the fuel pump and pressure testing and so forth. I understand that the fuel pump is inside the gas tank and it has to be dropped to change it.I checked the fuses and the error codes - one says _distributor signal interrupt E053, could that be related to the problem? Can mechanic do anything short of dropping the gas tank to check out the fuel pump?
All the mechanics I talk to either don't want to figure this out, tell me to get rid of the car cause it has so many other nickel and dime problems, or to just wait til the part goes completely bad and I'm stuck somewhere. I can't afford to take this to the dealer cause they charge $200 just to diagnose. I have changed the fuel filter once. Is there anything else I can do while waiting for the whole part to go bad?
Thanking you all in advance if you have any advice to offer.