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The car: 1988 5KS auto - 80K miles.
The symptom: Starts as normal...idles 5 seconds @ 1000 rpm, then rpms slowly
drop until the engine stalls.
Backround: Two days ago I drove about 100 miles during the day. On the way
home I stopped for a few minutes while leaving the engine running to
maintain heat (SO was cold). I got out of the car and noticed the engine
was surging. Got back into the car and noticed the rpms jumping to almost
3000. I stepped on the gas pedal a couple of times and eventually the rpms
stabilized at 1000. Went to take care of some stuff. Five minutes later I
got back into the car and took off. Less than a minute later I stopped at a
stop sign and the engine stalled. I re-started and it stalled again. I
re-started and kept my foot on the gas pedal to rev the engine and it was ok
until I got home. The next morning I tried it again, and all it did was
start, then stall.
Other Symptoms: Fuel pump has been buzzing loudly for about 10K miles now.
O2 light has been on for about 7K miles. I've recently noticed a drop in
gas mileage - I assume that's due to the O2 sensor.
I'm guessing I need a new fuel pump, but, I'm no expert.
Does anyone know what's going on here?
Gary - NYC