Natural 1! fuel line frozen through

The car turned out to merely have a frozen fuel line, thankfully. A can of gas line antifreeze and some time was all that was necessary. That’s what I get for being cheap and stupid, trying to squeeze a few more kms out of that tank of gas.

6 thoughts on “Natural 1! fuel line frozen through

  1. HELP! We live in PA and its been very cold here (I’m a Texan ;) ). My car, a Camry won’t start and my hubby thinks its because I had 1/4 tank of gas and water got in my tank and froze the lines. HELP ME!! I’m getting cabin fever! What did you do???

  2. Sorry to hear about your troubles. As I said in the post, all I did was add a can of gas line anti-freeze, let it sit for a bit, then cranked the engine according to the manufacturer’s recommended method (crank for 15 seconds, let it rest for a bit, then try again), also I pressed the gas while doing so, about 10% throttle. That seemed to help. It took about 10 tries, but it finally sputtered to life. You will likely have to stay on the gas, revving to about 2000 rpm until it goes without help. You defintely want to keep the tank topped off in cold weather, no less than 1/2 tank. Adding gas line antifreeze doesn’t hurt. You may want to run a bottle of fuel injector cleaner through it as well in the spring, or perhaps, a full tune-up.

    Good luck, and take care.

  3. Thank you very much, Ron. We will definitely do what you suggested. A little bit ago I got off the phone w/a garage and was told gas lines freezing are a thing of the past. I’m not too sure if I agree w/that. The temp here today is around 38 degrees but at this point I think the Cam has been sitting for so long that its tired, you know? But I’ll definitely do what you said.

    Thanks again and have a GREAT DAY!

  4. Freezing gas lines are less common than they used to be but we are both proof that it still happens. My car is a 1997 Dodge Stratus, which is by no means an old beater, so if it can have freezing gas lines, then I’m sure anything can. Besides, it was really supercold that day. About -20 Celsius (I don’t know Farenheight).

    Glad I could help.

  5. Well Ron, we tried what you did w/your car and so far nothing as of yet. I honestly think that because the car has been sitting for about two weeks its just sorta “outta commission.” So its going to take sometime to get it going again.

    Now hubby is considering the fuel pump but we seriously doubt it since it was working fine before.

    BTW, my car is a ’93 Camry older than yours but I think this can occur even w/a newer model car.

    I’ll keep you posted…

    Joy :)

  6. Hm. It took me quite a while of cranking my car to get it to finally start, but then again, it had only been sitting for one morning in the extreme cold, though there was about zero gas in the tank, so it wouldn’t take much.

    I wonder if (carefully) taking a hairdryer to your fuel line would help? If not, then… I suppose you could test all your related components: starter, battery, alternator, fuel injectors, fuses, belts, ignition system (either distributor or coil packs – not sure what come in a 93 Camry, may depend on if it is a 4-cylinder or V-6).

    I’m no mechanic, but again, glad I could help.

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