My 2001 pontiac grand prix decided to die a few weeks ago on the side of the interstate just as i was driving up a rather long stretch of hill. the car acted just like i took my foot off the gas pedal, rpms dropped down to an idle, and as i pulled over to the side, the car died completely. i thought, great, i’m out of gas, my gas gauge has always acted fishy ever since i got the car some 6 years ago, but i recalled filling up not long ago so i thought, well maybe it’s my fuel pump.
so anyways, after sitting for a few seconds, i tried cranking the car back up, which it did, and started, but as soon as i put it in drive, it died again. this happened a few times then i tried running the engine for awhile in park, and it seemed fine. this time when i put it in drive, it didn’t die, and i was on my way. then it died on me again that day on the way home going up another long hill, and i got it running again the same way.
when i got home, everything i could find told me that it must be the fuel pump. so i went to autozone and borrowed a fuel pressure gauge from them and hooked it up where i could watch it while i drove. Sure enough, the next time i drove up that long hill, it lost all its power again, but didn’t die completely this time, it just idled on the side of the road for a while. but, shockingly, the fuel pressure remained constant through the whole thing around 50psi. so when i got home, i pulled out my fuel injectors and cleaned them up and sprayed off the MAF sensor, because i heard that a dirty MAF sensor could do things like that.
but still, sure enough, today it died again on that same hill on the interstate. i can’t figure out why it’s dying on me like this. it actually completely stopped running today, and i got out and had someone try to crank it over for me. the fuel pump could be heard running, and there was gas in the fuel rail, but i couldn’t tell if the injectors were working. What would that have anything to do with going up a hill? i couldn’t get it going again today. it would start for a second and then die. finally, the battery died, and i had to get it towed home, but sure enough, when i got the battery charged back up, the car started right up like nothing had gone wrong. What is wrong with this car?