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I am having a starting problem with a 1998 chev 1500 with a

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I am having a starting problem with a 1998 chev 1500 with a 5.7 vortec. the only codes present are p0420 and p0430. it starts 100% when it is cold but has to crank a long time when it is at operating temp. do you have any ideas as to what could cause this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.
Hi,My name is Tim,
I will do my best to assist you
from the way you explain,,the first thing to do here is to check the fuel pressure when the engine is warm and while turning the starter,,these must have no less than 60psi at all times,,the fuel pump may be weak when it gets hot and needs replaced,,if the pressure is good,and from the codes you get,the problem may be a clogged catalyst converter,this would cause back pressure and make the engine hard to start
thanks
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I have already checked the fuel pressure and it is as you say. 60psi. when the engine is warm and acts up. the right side cat is cut out and replaced with a piece of pipe but the other side is still in there. that's why I took out the o2 sensors to make sure it wasn't a plugged muffler or the other catalyst converter. the wiring looks fine and no o2 codes present. sometimes it will work fine for a day but normally tends to act up quite often. any other ideas greatly appreciated. thanks.

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.
the other thing that may cause the long crank time would be a bad crank sensor,,these can break down with heat sometimes when they go bad..
i wouldnt think the o2 sensors would cause this,though,not having the convertor may be why you get the codes
thanks
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I have changed the crank sensor already but sometimes a used one is also faulty. if it drives for a long time it starts fine if you start it immediately but if you let it stand for about 10 minutes to an hour it will be acting up. the timing was out some when it started doing this and resetting it did make a difference. do you think this could have something to do with the cam sensor maybe?

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.
no
the cam sensor wouldnt do this..
i would think the crank sensor or the distributer cap
thanks