Truck suddenly stops running, acting like it's out of fuel. There is fuel in the gas tank and, I can hear the fuel pump when I turn the ignition on. Is there a fuse, or relay that is maybe causing this to happen? Everything seems to be working the right way, it just won't run.

Asked by Jul 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM about the 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 C1500 SL Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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It sounds like a fuel pressure issue. The pump maybe pumping but it might not be putting out enough pressure for your efi system. I believe that truck runs at about 40 psi at the fuel rail. If you hear it it's not a fuse or relay. You will have to check the fuel pressure at the rail, the test port is ontop driverside about 3/4 the way back. Black cap on aluminum fuel line. The best thing would be to buy or rent a fuel pressure test gauge as it would thread onto this port. If not I've used good safety glasses a rag and a screwdriver to check for pressure. Be careful if the pump is good there will be 40 psi. With the motor off check the pressure, start it and let it run until it dies then check the pressure and shut the key off. If it bleeds off quickley and doesn't spray your fuel pump is most likely shot. But because the pump is in a horrible spot check the regulator easiest way is to pinch the return line and start the truck if it doesn't die the reg must be replaced. If you have fuel pressure after the above tests pull a spark plug and check for spark. If you don't have spark check the cam position sensor in the distributor. If you have spark with no pressure it is the pump. Halfway through 1998 GMC switched to a new fuel pump style. The older model has steel lines coming off of the top of the pump to the frame rail and then connects to the frame steel lines with short hoses, you'll need line wrenches and the ability to curse. The newer style has plastic tubes from the plastic pump casing and uses those quick connect fuel fittings and you'll need the disconnect tool. The vin should get you the right part. My brother learned there was two different pumps for the 98 the hard way, haha The tank is horrible to pull and you will need help or if it's a beater the last parts truck that we got some one just cut a hole in the box to do it!!! Have fun. P.S. pull the driveshaft it makes it easier.

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i have change the fuel pump,the plugs,distributor cap and rotor and still this truck is having a hard time starting

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My was doing the same thing..Was running fine and then turned off as if the ignition was turned of. Would restart after sitting over night and then die again. Fuel pump running, fuel relay good, fuel pressure correct, Problem ended up being no spark. Electronic spark control module went bad and shorted out distributor cap. Replaced both and no more problems.

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Having same issue. Ive changed my fuel relay switch, ignition coil, ignition switch, and crankshaft position sensor.. Still no fire. I'm so confused and stumped. Distributor is good, fuel pump good, and its got gas.

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I am having the same problem on my 1999 chevy tahoe and I have replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter. Can some one please tell me what is going on. It sounds like it is out of gas but i have put gas in it and drove maybe 10 miles and last night it stopped. Last time I put gas in it was Friday and that was about 8 gallons

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It could be your massive air flow sensor

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Very similar problem... I was driving my 95 yukon gt and I went to back up after driving for awhile and it cut off as if I had lost power. The trucks lights were still on but the truck wouldn't crank I have no power to my electric fans and im not sure the fuel pump is running either.. There is no click as if the starter is bad I've even checked the starter checked the battery checked the alternator and there all fine i talked to a guy a few days ago he said it could be a fuse and I've checked all my fuses and none of them were bad and still nothing.. I have a feeling it maybe a neutral safety switch but I maybe wrong there.. Is there any idea on what might be wrong ?

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My truck is doing same as it was last year before we put it in shop , spent over thousand dollars to fix, We changed every thing from distributor, rotor cap, ignition coil, fuel pump , filter, plugs then n now icv n plugs, transmission seals , oil seals ,n plugs.when we got it out shop they said we had fuel that had water that went through injectors, it's pumping fuel to injectors, cranks and kills, anyone can please help I'd appreciate it.

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Sounds like the EGR valve is clogged had same issue on my 93 gmc. Replaced fuel pump etc.. Was pissed when I finally replaced EGR valve and it ran like a beast again.

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Its not egr valve im having same problem and replaced egr and its still doing it. But it has to be electrical because when i use radio and windows or a/c and brake (brake light) my truck turns off i have no idea

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Has anyone gotten this fixed yet? I have a 1999 Yukon Denali, stopped running going down the road, acted like it ran out of gas. Added gas, didn't help. Changed the Crank Position Sensor, didn't help. Changed the Spark Plugs, didn't help. No spark at the plugs, no spark out of the coil, changed the coil, didn't help. Put a meter on the wires on the coil and I have 12v when the key is on but drops to 8v when in the start position. I have 11v coming out of the coil with the key on and 8v when set to start. Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated! (All fuses have been checked and cleared as good, new fuel pump 3 months a go)

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replace electronic spark control module..had same problem. replaced this and runs fine with no prooblems

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Changed my ICM, fixed my problem!

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here is a page everyone on this thread needs to keep on file. the instructions are clear and easy to follow. and very thorough. it was my ICM as well but only took me twenty minutes to diagnose it and saved me from buying parts i didn't need. http://easyautodiagnostics.com/gm/4.3L-5.0L-5.7L/how-to-test-the-icm-1

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Yesterday i was driving my 99 gmc savanna van and it turn off on me so i was thinking it was my battery so i replace it and it still will not start so i thought it was my fill pump so i replaced it and it still will not start so we put it on the scanner and it said it was my crack shaft sensor so i repalace it and it still will not start do anyone know want it can be please help

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Mackshaun. See my above post. ICM seems to be the culprit most of the time. And it's super easy to test and change out. The ICM fits 209 different models so the chance of trading one out of a running vehicle is also very easy

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Also the ICM is linked to the crankshaft sensor so that's why it would give you that code

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i have a 2000 chevy Silverado 1500 5.3 v8 and my truck cranks but sometimes when I give it the gas it wants to die out after I crank it and ill put it in park and the ndrive again and itll be fine till I give it the gas to leave my driveway then itll wanna die out again..fuel pump is brand new not even a week old because it went out on me..can not figure out what it could be..?? help please?

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My 99 Yukon has done this more than once. Driving along and suddenly everything is OFF. I found the battery side mount terminal connection had loosened up enough to interrupt the circuit and shut down the engine. Moved it until it was tight again and bingo,, the truck started right back up. Its pretty scary when you lose power steering , and brakes etc.. but I was fortunate enough to coast to at safe stop. The battery terminal connections are notorious for loosening. Buy one of those ratchet wrenches designed just for those battery terminal nuts and keep in in your glove box.

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Im telling you guys its not a fuel issue.. its the battery connection that is loose.

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It is more than likely be the security system that is what fixed my truck

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Well mine was a loose battery connection that just shut down the vehicle completely while driving. I got out.. wiggled the plus terminal wire until it was tight again on the terminal and went on my way.

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If your fuel pump is shot you won't hear it start up when you turn on the key. A relay under the hood for the pump could be bad also.. just put your finger on it while someone turns the key on without cranking over the engine and you should feel the relay click. If it does not, try replacing it. If your engine won't even turn over it is NOT the fuel pump. Its electrical issues on the battery connection or the starter connection.

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Could also be a spark issue ,, check the main distributor wire to see if it is arcing. Have someone turn it over and listen for a clicking spark or look for the arcing on the wire that goes from the coil to the distributor.

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Dstraugten.... you need 14 v to start the engine. Not 8. Bad battery or loose wires somewhere.. possibly a short or bad ground somewhere.

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here is a page everyone on this thread needs to keep on file. the instructions are clear and easy to follow. and very thorough. it was my ICM as well but only took me twenty minutes to diagnose it and saved me from buying parts i didn't need. http://easyautodiagnostics.com/gm /4.3L-5.0L-5.7L/how-to-test-the- icm-1

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Hi i can really used some help i have a 2000 chevy blazer and my fuel pump is giving me trouble.. like i would hear the pump running and try to start it nd it will run for a while then dies then i would turn the ignition key off nd back on no fuel pump buzz sound so i would let it sit for about 15min nd i would hear the pump running again its really confusing me because i have change the fuel pump nd the relay nd the fuses. So any help or ideas would be great! Thank You !

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i have a 2006 ford range an have changed the fuel pump an the spake plugs and fuel filter an my truck stays on but will act like its chocking an i put in first to go and i picks up no gas like iam runing out of gas but is full of gas

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I just bought a 91 sonoma..this guys dad died and he got the truck. I bought it and right away put a brand new alternater on it and jumped it off my dads truck. . It was running great. . No misses. Spits.. nothing. . Thn it stalled! I put 4 more gallons of gas in it and it wouldn't fire back up..waotd till the next day and it started right up. . Only for a minute! ! I really don't even think I hear the pump kicking in. . Could someone please tell me what you think. . Any opinions? ?

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I was driving 1998 k1500 it just shutdown no warning now won't start I have changed fuel pump relay cam sensor Crack sensor icm distributer throttle position sensor changed pump also run new grounds changed pcm I'm pulling my hair out any ideas??

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I have very little fuel preasure also changed fuel filter first

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i have a 93 vandura 2500 its doing the same thing but it may be bad fuel pump. it ran smooth every day then when i went to start it, it sounded like it was out of gas and it has over a half tank. i really dont want to drop the tank i was thinking if i go to replace the fuel pump i could cut a hole out from the to from inside the van.

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I have a 2000 Gmc Yukon denali 5.7 cranks But No start I changed distributer cap rotor sparkplugs , plug wires, fuel pump, coil I checked all fuses even bought extras, and Nothing still No spark in the #1 sparkplug, does anyone know what else it can be?? Can it be the Trimming that makes it not spark?? Or can it be the Computer?

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It's a loose timing chain in the manifold plate. stop wasting money on anything else I just solved everyones problem.

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i have a 2005 1500 Silverado fuel pump is new just put it in yesterday changed plugs in it has 60 psi at fuel pump but has no pressure at the fuel rail when I check it

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Got a 1991Chevy 1500 silvardo no warning just started sputtering then shut off changed fuel filter alternator won't hole idle turns back on immediately mash gas it starts sputtering again charge battery it's fine battery goes low it starts again rough idling help please

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98 Chevy had the same problem. I changed every Freakin sensor on it. Last ditch effort before the fuel pump was going to be the Cam Position sensor. I removed my distributor cap to find a fried rotor. I changed the cap and rotor, runs like a scalded ape now. I guess it should after New TPS, IAC, Fuel pump relay, Fuel filter, air/fuel modulator, Fuel injector flush, cleaned mass air flow sensor, etc. It all could have been avoided if I checked my rotor. I never suspected it...

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STOP REPLACING PARTS AND FIND THE PROBLEM. THERE ARE TROULE SHOOTING SITES THAT TELL YOU HOW. SPARK OR FUEL IS THE PROBLEM. NOW TEST ALL REALTED. CHECK SPARK FIRST. THEN PUT A PRESSURE TESTER ON FUEL RAIL AND TEST FUEL PRESSURE. THROWING PARTS AT IT WON'T FIX IT WITHOUT COSTING YOU TIME AND MONEY. PERIOD.

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I have a 98 Inc Sonoma,can't hear the fuel pump.I put it on the start position bleed the rail ,GAS CAME OUT BUT VERY LITTLE AND NO SPRAY.PLEASE HELP

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I have a 98 Silverado that's straight piped, no cats or mufflers. It's been that way since August. It's only happened twice so far but when I hit the gas the truck would go fine and then it would stop getting power but I'd still be on the gas. When I pull over and just cuts off and when I try to crank it up, it would turn on for a few seconds and then cut off again. Is the problem that I have no cats or maybe something to do with fuel pump or sparks?!

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I have kind of the same problem I have a Note 2 6 inch lifted Tahoe it had a stock exhaust and I took the muffler off put a Cherry Bomb muffler on it but I don't think that's my issue after running it for a little bit I can put it pedal to the metal and it spits and sputters sometimes it will even cut off I change filter for fuel and that didn't work but I can get in it when it's kind of cold and put it to the floor and it's just fine does Chevy have a weak fuel pumps? And I can put it in neutral and put it to the floor and she's got full power so if anybody knows please help

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Check your distributor cap same problem driving down the road truck died. My wires to my cap were corroded. Put new wires on runs fine

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Its got individual coil packs no distributor. Thanks tho

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I have a similar problem,i have a 1999 gmc sierra w/ 6.0 . truck just died on the highway like it ran out of gas but I just put 15 gallons in it. Came up with a crank shaft sensor code. Replaced that and now the truck went from just cranking over with no sign of starting to cranking over a few cranks then sounds like it wants to start but never does just stumbles over its self. since then ive checked fuel pressure 50psi ,I have spark at every coil,changed the throttle body position sensor, and camshaft position sensor. still does same thing. Any suggestions will help

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Hey Kevin, sounds exactly what happened to me here's a page to a quick diagnostic test here is a page everyone on this thread needs to keep on file. the instructions are clear and easy to follow. and very thorough. it was my ICM as well but only took me twenty minutes to diagnose it and saved me from buying parts i didn't need. http://easyautodiagnostics.com/gm/4.3L -5.0L-5.7L/how-to-test-the-icm-1 Also the ICM is linked to the crankshaft sensor so that's why it would give you that code

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I have a 95 Chevrolet Blazer with the vortex engine fuel injection it'll run for 15-20 minutes and then it'll just want to shut down on me and then I don't want to start back up I'm done check the fuel pump fuel pumps good how to change the air flow controller have changed the map sensor and still want to keep running for about 15 minutes and then shut down and then I don't want to start and then when it does I will there's a popping in the motor is that the fuel injectors

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I have a 1996 GMC C1500 V6 Vortex 4.3l with a 5 speed tranny, I have a fuel problem I've replaced my fuel pump because it wasn't coming on, I replaced the sensor, ICM , fuel filters inside and out of tank, spark plugs an wires, distributor cap and rotor ,and starter cause it wouldn't crank finally it would crank but still no fuel. my injectors are not coming on to give my engine fuel. any help

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I am a mechanic like dog is a cat, but... This happened to me after work today. It shuttered and died and wouldn't start back up. It is the ignition module right by the coil. The fuel pump worked fine. Took the coil wire off and cranked the truck over no spark. Took the ignition module to oreily's to get it tested and it was bad. The module cost me $90 and a case of beer for the guy who was kind enough to stop and help. I hope this helps.

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I was having same issue..truck would die after 15 mins of driving then wouldnt turn on till next day..was stummped cuz it would still turn on but die..changed icm..coil..even took apart my plenum to clean my injectors...fuel pump would engage...had pressure at port on top....after spraying starter fluid into throttle body it would start but die rite away..so after a week of fighting with truck i decided to change fuel pump...turned out to be the answer to my nightmare..my old one wasnt putting out enuff pressure to engage my fuel injection..so yea a fuel pump can b tricky if it wants..

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My 93 chevy k1500 has no power to injectors why is that so

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