This is my first post and I really need help please! I am the lady owner of a 1992 Sportrak 1.6 ELXi and the engine has started to cut out. It starts like a dream first time, every time and pulls away/accelerates smoothly. It can run for days or even weeks with no problems but every so often will lose power and die.
It always happens when slowing down/stopping at a junction or roundabout, when changing down to 2nd or 1st. When slowing down the revs will suddenly die and the engine cut out. It will then refuse to start but if you leave it for between 5-15 minutes it will start again and run fine.
This intermittent problem has got my local garage stumped. I booked the car in there and they had it running/idling for a long while but it was OK; they also took it out for several test drives and it ran fine. As they say, unless the engine cuts out when they have the car, they cannot tell what's wrong.
A few faults have been suggested to me - electricals and fuel starvation are the 2 main ones. My father has checked the engine over and cannot find anything obvious; he put new plugs in but that has not cured it. Somebody suggested that perhaps the fuel pump is faulty "cos when the engine slows down for a junction, the pressure on the fuel pump is at its greatest and that's why it's seizing up". Muck/rust in the fuel tank clogging up the pipes is another suggestion.
My local Daihatsu dealer has quoted me Ã‚Â£515 to supply and fit a new fuel pump (always assuming that is the problem of course!). I don't mind spending a bit of money getting the car fixed but I can't keep throwing cash at it.
Please, please can someone help a damsel in distress?!