beginning of the year, my rondo had subtle hesitation between 10 to 35 mph but to problem with acceleration. About a month ago, the car started to crank more when starting; may be 3 sec instead of 1-2. It`s getting at the 100000 mile mark and 8 years old so spark plug and timing belt are about do be changed (timing belt was change after 4 years for the first time) and fuel tank air filter and fuel filter were never change. So, I tried to take care of the last two this week end.
The fuel tank air filter replacement went fine and I painted the undercarriage and spare at the same time due to rust. Next, the fuel filter. Definitely more complicated than my former Corolla 1987 which took me 2 min. to swap. Anyway, got to it with the shop manual as the instruction;
Then to release the internal pressure I followed that;
RELEASE THE INTERNAL PRESSURE
1. Disconnect the fuel pump connector (A).
2. Start the engine and wait until fuel in fuel line is exhausted. In that case the rondo ran for may be 2 sec. then stalled.
I removed the assembly from the tank then took it apart. It took me sometimes to figure that I had to pry to filter up and not just pushing the holder down while pressing the holding pins outward. As for cjfin, there was some black small carbon particles in the holder. I washed the holder and bottom pre-filter with fresh gas then put the whole thing back together dry and put the assembly back in the tank. I put the plate cover (barely tight) and reconnected everything back then cranked; nothing
The tank was almost empty so I filled it to just above the 1/2 mark. I tried to start but nothing. I disconnected the feed tube quick-connector but no gas was present unlike the first time i disconnected it. I put the hose back then open turn on the key about 20 times before cranking; nothing. Checked the hose again; no gas. Took the filter assembly apart again; holder has about 2 inches of gas, fuel filter is filled with gas and the feeding tube was partially filled.
I put the assembly back in the tank but did not try to crank because it was late so I will try tomorrow.
Is the fuel pump bad? Do I have to turn on/off the key more then 20 times?