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A 2000 Chevy Astro AWD Van: After sitting a day or so, maybe more, it would not crank ... just turn over as if not getting gas. My local mechanic said that I needed a fuel pump and told me to turn the ignition key on several times before attempting to start, and that worked for a while. I am now wondering about the fuel pump because: after trying to start it for several days without success, I left it alone ... during this time it was raining daily and very humid. After the rain stopped and we had several days of sun, I just happened to try it again and it cranked. I cranked it daily for several days and then it rained again and, it would not crank. This morning it cranked again ... sun for several days. Is it the fuel pump (which is very expensive to replace)? Or would I waste $800 in a repair bill?

Mechanic's Assistant: Is the car in "Park" or "Neutral?" Do you know if your car has a "wheel lock" feature?

Don't know about a "wheel lock", but I have not messed with the gear lever ... I crank it just by standing outside and reaching in. In all of the above, the van has not been moved, other than a few feet in the driveway.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Astro yourself? What have you tried so far?

I am not a mechanic. I am just concerned that spending $800, which is what I was told the fuel pump replacement would cost, will be a waste due to the variable cranking sessions.

Mechanic's Assistant: It can cost anywhere from $10 to $100, depending on the type of issue and how much of the Mechanic's time your question is expected to take (how complex and lengthy an answer you require).

Well, at least I will have another opinion. I tried to get a mobile mechanic to come out, and he questioned the fuel pump, but so far he has not made it.

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No crank as is the starter DOES NOT CRANK or the starter cranks the engine over but it does not start?

Have you checked for codes in the computer?

Would you be willing to speak on the phone?

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