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Got a 1997 Chevy Express...
Got a 1997 Chevy Express van. Ran out of fuel, put 2 gallons of fuel just to get it to a gas station. Cranked fine and got to the gas station. Filled up with gas, now it won't start
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Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
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it will not do anything with starting fluid ? will it at least run a bit on the starting fluid ?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It acts like it wants to, but will not turn over completely. Stutters and shuts off
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
any access to a fuel pressure gauge ?a lot of times when fuel is run low or out then the gas is filled up in the tank a weak fuel pump will fail causing this problemyou need to see if the fuel pressure is 60 - 66 key ON engine OFFif its not at that spec replace the fuel filterif it still will not run and the fuel pressure is still under spec the fuel pump will need to be changed i am sorry to say
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok, gonna try to get the vehicle jacked up to access the fuel filter. I can hear the fuel pump come on. My previous mechanic told me he got ready to take the fuse box OFF to inspect it a time before, couldn't get it off. Decided to put it back, then the vehicle cranked.. (Shrugs)
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
we will have to know the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel pump or fuel filter being the issue
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok, let me call around
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
sounds goodyou can always get me back through this post for free for any follow up any time with this question even after you rate us here at Justanswer !
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. The reading we got with a pressure tester ranged from 59 to 61
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
if key ON engine OFF it is that range and somewhat hold for a few seconds that should be enough fuel pressure for the engine to run
can you see if the spark plugs are fouled out and gas soaked ?
are there any codes in this computer ?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Don't know anything about a computer codes. We are looking at the Distributor Cap and Rudder, Coil, and Module. The module tested good at Auto Zone. We've identified that we aren't getting any power.
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
Key on does the pink wires at both the module and coil show 12 volts?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
We've replace the coil and its running now.
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
Great job real bad timing for a coil to go bad when running out of gas make sure the coil wire and cap and rotor get changed as high resistance in any of them will kill the coil
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Yeh we've replaced the distributor cap and rotor as well
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
great to hearim so glad its running now for youyou can always get me back through this post if you need any follow up with this question anytime even after you rate us here at Justanswer !dont forget to rate us here at Justanswer !
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Well, it has stalled in me and now it won't crank again, smh
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
ok does it have spark out of the coil when cranking it over ?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Well, unfortunately we've driven away from the mechanic that was helping me dissect everything.
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
we need to go back to basics and see if its missing spark or fuel
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
As we were driving, there were a few times when the vehicle stuttered onvus real badly. We've pulled over twice, all for it to crank back up and run as if nothing was ever wrong. This has been crazy!!!
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
at this point if it still has good fuel pressure and this is a spark issue make sure the pink wire at the coil and the module and the crank sensor show 12 volts at all 3 with the key ON
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Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
this could very well be a bad crank sensor causing this problem
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Well, we did say that would possibly be the last cause. Even though from the looks of the other parts changed, the old ones were pretty much burnt and worn. Could have been a multiple problem.
Chevy Mechanic: Gary, Chevy Technician replied 2 years ago
could have beenwe have had bad crank sensors bad ignition switches and bad fuel pumps causing these kind of issuesbut so hard to guess or assume with out testing
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