1999 Altima no start. Finally get to use my new tool.

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Car has been sitting the last 8 years since I took it as trade. I did start it up fine 2 years ago, but now, nothing. Cranks normally and a shot of starting fluid gets it going for a second, so it's probably not getting any gas. I put 2 gallons in the tank for good measure, but I can't hear the pump when turning the key on either. Going to try this tool I bought 2 a few years ago and have never used before. Basically a substitute fuel system that bypasses the fuel tank, pump, filter and lines to put fuel directly into the fuel rail. It still could be electrical like a fuel pump fuse or relay and I'll check that too before condemning the pump, but I still want to test out this tool. Have a few other cars with similar issues.

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Where can I get one of these? Would like to use it in combination with BMW Fuel Injector cleaner, formerly known as "OG" AC Delco Fuel Injector cleaner.
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EDIT: Just found something similar, but for about 23% of the price. (<$70)

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Where can I get one of these? Would like to use it in combination with BMW Fuel Injector cleaner, formerly known as "OG" AC Delco Fuel Injector cleaner.
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EDIT: Just found something similar, but for about 23% of the price. (<$70)

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You need compressed air for that one to work. We used to use the system that had a pressurized can that would thread directly to the fuel rail which would eliminate the need for shop air but I'm not sure if they still exist.
 
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You need compressed air for that one to work. We used to use the system that had a pressurized can that would thread directly to the fuel rail which would eliminate the need for shop air but I'm not sure if they still exist.
I'm aware, got a 20 gal compressor in the garage.
 
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OK but what if you're checking out a car away from home, an engine in the junk yard or your car's fuel pump gives out on the road.
If this is aimed at me, then I personally never been in that specific scenario. When I bought a junkyard engine, it was already pulled and came with warranty. And on the road never had a fuel issue to warrant keeping such a tool in the trunk at all times. Great tool! Just realistically if I was working on my fuel system - it would be by the garage, with all tools I may ever need, and an air compressor. But I do have a pretty beefy tire compressor in my car, so if I ever had to resort to that option, I guess I could. But again, quite an unrealistic scenario, at least in my experience.
 
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Got to try it out today. Plumbed it into the fuel rail, put some gas in the cylinder, pressurized to about 50 psi. Started up in 3 seconds. Was able to drive it inside so I can work in the shade to get out the fuel pump.
Keep us updated on results and observations!
 
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