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I have a 2001 chevy s10 4.3 4 wheel drive. it died on me the

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I have a 2001 chevy s10 4.3***** it died on me the other night about a half hour later it started up but died again after 30 seconds don't have money to be doing the parts guessing game any suggestions?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 1 year ago.

HI there, I am Cam.

This sounds like a fuel system issue, so if you want, lets look at some testing first. My first question is this, when did you last replace the fuel filter?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I haven't bought the truck a year ago
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 1 year ago.

Ok, Lets replace it. That is a very cheap place to start and likely over due. See if the old one is plugged. It should be easy to blow through, like a large straw.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
when you crank the motor to try to start it you can smell fuel
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 1 year ago.

OK, good info. Hold on the fuel filter and lets look to the next most common issue, the distributor cap and rotor. Corrosion inside is common. Remove it and inspect for corrosion.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
cap and rotor are new
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 1 year ago.

OK, Pull a couple plugs and see what they look like. Also was the cap and rotor replaced to diagnose this?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
plugs are new also did minor tune up plugs wires cap an rotor no it wasn't done to resolve probl
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 1 year ago.

Ok, then we cannot rule out the cap and rotor as I have seen new ones fail. Atleast have a look at those when it will not start.

After that we need to look at the fuel system again. The regulators are common for leaking and would cause both the stalling and the fuel smell. This I would remove the throttle body, then power up the fuel pump and see if you see fuel leaking from the end of the regulator. If it leaks, it confirms the spider assembly is bad.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
okay thank you
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 1 year ago.

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