2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Went out of town for 2 weeks and went to start the truck and the battery was dead. Jumped it off and it ran and died a few seconds later. Tried to start it again.

Asked by Nov 30, 2015 at 07:46 PM about the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4 Dr LS Crew Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The starter will engage for a few seconds
then stops.

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Best have the battery and alternator checked out.

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Definitely sounds like a dead battery. For future reference, disconnect the negative (-) battery cable if you plan on not using your truck for a week or longer. The computers will continue to draw a small amount of power while the truck is sitting which will kill the battery. HTH. - Jim

I replaced the battery and now it engages the starter for a few seconds and stops.

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Sounds like a problem with the starter. You know you are getting juice to the starter by it engaging for a few seconds, I would take the starter out and have it bench tested under load to verify.

Replaced the starter now it acts like it's not getting any fire. I know it's getting fuel there is fuel in the fuel rail.

37,895

Squirt some starting fluid, or dump an 1/2 once of gas down it, see if it fires off. Then let me know if it fires.

Tried that and still nothing.

37,895

Check for spark from the coil wire, take it off the cap side and lay it down by something metal and look for spark. Do not hang on to it or it will definitely let you know you are alive!

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If there is spark of course...

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