I watched Law and Order CI episode Baggage from 2003.
The victim’s car mysteriously stalled and she could start it after a short wait. Her dad test drove the car a couple blocks with no problem.
The stalker followed the car until it stalls the next night, and she’s killed.
The shows explanation is a ping pong ball found in the tank. The suction from the fuel pump pulls the ball down and blocks the gas. The buoyant ping pong ball floats up after the car stalls.
The dad’s test drive was too short for the ball to suck down block the gas.
The theory is certainly imaginative and sounds plausible.
Is a ping pong ball in the tank a known prank? Similar to a potato in the tail pipe?