1998 Dodge Neon Q&A

1998 Dodge Neon Question: Seemingly no fuel pressure.

I have a 1998 Dodge Neon that when I turn the key the engine is trying to turn over, but seems there is no gas. I disconnected the fuel line under the hood and when I turn the key to see if the fuel pump turns on, gas does in fact come out of the line. Although it seems a little low. I looked under the car and right next to the fuel pump was a part labled "fuel accumulator." When I unplugged the hoses, alot of black debris poured out. I have read conflicting info saying that this is also the filter. But I also have read that the fuel filter is in the fuel pump. I do in fact see the part that in the diagrams would be the filter in the pump. The car has 140xxx miles on it, and as far as I know the fuel filter has never been replaced. Would the filter be the problem? Or is this "fuel accumulator" the problem, or even both? -
Answer 1
the fuel filter is external and if black stuff is coming out, you have contaminated fuel. the tank should be dropped, drained, flushed, new pump and filter. Roy -
Comment 1
So even thought the pump still comes on, and fuel is comming out down the line, the pump needs to be replaced? Not just the filter? What about the part I mention, Fuel Accumulator, what function does that serve & should that be replaced too? When I unplugged it, thats where the black stuff came out. Oh, and the fuel down the line is comming out clean....... Thanks for all of the info! -