Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Houston, tX
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Another Fuel Pump Thread?
2001 S10 LS Extended Cab 2.2 Flex Fuel w/ 5-spd Stick; 179,000 miles. Houston, TX (no rust concerns)
Pull up under a freeway overpass today and the engine just....died. It tried to run in restart, but shook only able to to idle about 500 rpm. Multiple restarts and then normal. Drove it for another 3 or 4 miles. Stopped again when I let the clutch out at a light, and just about didn't get it started again.
At this point, some 18 miles or so from home, I decided to try to get to the Chevy dealer which was a couple of blocks away. Rolled it straight to the service bay. A pretty cool gentleman (who's owned a few s-trucks himself) helped me. We couldn't replicate the issue at the dealership, but agreed that this is likely a fuel pump. No check engine lights; it just seemed to be starving for gas. I told him about my dead blow hammer I keep behind the seat to get the fuel pump going occasionally if it's been sitting for a few days. I thought maybe we could just have them install a fuel pump, but with a $1,500 price tag for the job.....we both agreed that without a solid diagnosis, not a great idea.
He sorta surprised me, when he suggested, "just drive it home." ...and see what happens. So, I got a wrecker number to call and left.
While on the freeway, it did it again at 60 mph. The cruise control just floored the gas pedal, and we just started to slow. By this time, I had a working plan for diagnosis on the way. This time, tried coaxing it with the clutch using vehicle moment, no-dice. Then the starter, no-dice. Then I cycled the ignition switch off, and back on to start....the engine instantly started. In every instance we have electrical power because I was watching the gauges.
It happened again at a light when I was about a mile from the house, I rolled out of traffic, then cycled the ignition switch....instant start.
I am thinking my fuel pump is just about done. I did manage to get a genuine AC/Delco pump on the way home (way cheaper than the dealer price).
How am I doing here? Am I working this issue correctly?