Originally Posted by rtg143
You'd hear the pump run even if there was no gas in it.
True, but it had plenty of gas as it only took 6 galls. to fill. I never let it get below a half-tank, especially in cold weather. It's been down to -8 here lately, so I've kept it pretty full.
When you re-start after a brief shutdown, wouldn't the pressure remain up in that short time because of a check valve? So you would have enough gas to at least fire it up? I guess as I tried it several times, it would go down and the pump then would run...but I couldn't really tell because of all the noise around me. At that point, it would have helped if I had known to check for pressure at the shrader valve on the rail, as you said. It was cold out so, I just called a tow truck.
Guess I'll drive it occasionally (but always return home) to see how it's going to act here in the near future. When the weather warms up, I'm going to check all the connections and re-seat the relays.
This car has run great for the past year-and-a-half and 10K, and I really like it, so I hope it will behave. I used to work in electronics and do know that intermittent problems can be a real headache. My old '91 Dodge van with a 318 has started and run fine in this deep freeze and I'm glad I have it as a backup...