Drove truck about 1 mile today, it died and won't start. Where do I start?

Asked by Jun 21, 2015 at 06:28 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Also, we noticed fuel gauge has been fluctuating the last few days--showing no fuel, them
full,, then where it should be. Any idea where we should start? I'm helping my boyfriend
and I know more than he does. Unfortunately my experience is mostly with older
vehicles. Thank You!

11 Answers

67,525

Start by checking the fuel rail for fuel,i think it may be a bad fuel pump.

I don't know what a fuel rail is. When we turn the key, we can hear the pump run. When we sprayed carb cleaner, it tried harder to start, but still didn't get there. (Only had about 1/10th of a can & ran out) .

19,530

Did you try adding more fuel to tank since the gas gauge is not working properly ?

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67,525

Good suggestion, Firebird

19,530

To fix gauge you will have to drop the gas tank the gas level float is connected with fuel pump. They are one unit but can be replaced separately. While you are in there replacing gauge sensor and float might as well replace fuel pump.

Fuel shouldn't be that low, but it's definitely worth trying! We'll try it in the morning. Thanks for all the responses, I'll let you know

19,055

Welcome to a gm fuel gauge. Almost every chevy I've had the needle bounces to some degree. Sometimes only slightly then others that did backflips. I doubt it's related to your problem.

We added fuel,but still doesn't start

19,530

Do you have spark going to your spark plugs ? When was the last time you had a tune up ? Could be fouled plugs.

That was my original thought. We'll try that today

Update: We were able to borrow a computer which said it was Fuel Level Sensor. We replaced the fuel pump in less than 2 hours and that involved 45 minutes to get the part as we didn't know if one connector or two until we could get to the old pump.. Unbolted bed to get to it and went well. Thanks again for everyone's help and suggestions!

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