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The car starts strong, runs at 1500 rpm fine for about 30-40 seconds, then sputters and dies. If I gas it in neutral I can get it up to 4000 rpm or so and hold it maybe a minute tops, before it sputters down. I managed to drive it, but only a block or two.

It's got gas. I added more, no deal. It was LOW on gas when last driven without incident.

I just need to get this car to the junkyard. I drove it three three times in the last two weeks, each time it was fine on the freeway, on surface streets, wherever. But they rejected the paperwork for trivial reasons.

Now the paperwork is in line but... ...how can I get it to the junkyard? It has to run 100 feet on it's own power at the tow yard to count for the Cash to Clunkers program.

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  • That could be around the time where closed-loop fuel trimming sets in, if it's a fuel injected engine.
    – towe
    Mar 31, 2021 at 7:00
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    You'll spend more money getting it running than a tow.
    – GdD
    Mar 31, 2021 at 8:19
  • I think closed loop takes longer than 40 seconds on this car. But it does sound like a fuel supply problem. By the time you put a pressure tester on it, diagnose it and repair I think *GdD has it right. If your stubborn you might try bypassing the fuel filter. Probably won't work, but worth a try if you got the time.
    – Jupiter
    Mar 31, 2021 at 13:07
  • Is the filter in this car cleanable? It's not even my damn car: abandoned by a tenant. 16 mile tow.
    – Bryce
    Mar 31, 2021 at 14:50
  • Oh, did I mention it has to run 100 feet on it's own power at the tow yard to count for the Cash to Clunkers program.
    – Bryce
    Mar 31, 2021 at 14:55

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