Our 96 S10 4.3l was missing and backfiring through the exhaust. Would smooth out some with acceleration.

Melissa Robinson

Asked by Jun 25, 2015 at 12:40 AM about the 1996 Chevrolet S-10 2 Dr LS 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Replaced fuel filter, fuel pump, plugs,
wires, distributor, ignition module,
crank shaft sensor &  leaking water
pump. Still had same problem. So
then proceeded to pull off the intake.
It was clean around the number 1
injector. Went the cheap route and
bought a single injector instead of the
complete assembly. Used brake  
cleaner to clean intake and
underneath. Reassembled and tried to
start. Nothing but a click. Cranked too
long and got hot enough to smell it.
Wasn't gettin fire so re-replaced the
ignition module. Took plugs out and
cranked to clean out the cylinders.
Still no start. Thought the cleaner had
drained down in the cyliders and had
caused to much compression to build
up? Wound up pullin the crank shaft
sensor back off and the oil & gas
poured out of the hole. Turns over fine
but just won't start? So thourghly
aggrevated at this point! Any
thoughts, suggestion or ideas would
be greatly appreciated. Thanx.

3 Answers

John Carson

When you crank it now, is there spark to the plugs? Also is the timing set correctly? Do a compression check and make sure you don't have a blown piston or bad valve. Is the injectors firing at the correct time and are they getting fuel?

Melissa Robinson

There is spark to the plugs. I am pretty sure the timing is correct. The injectors are performing as they should. A compression check sounds like the next step. I guess what has me so puzzled is why gas and all of the oil poured out of the crank case when the crank shaft sensor was removed? The oil doesn't even read on the dipstick now. It seems to be we fix one problem only to run into 3 more. It started with a P0300 Random Misfire code. With several indicators. Not sure if its worth all the $ we keep putting in to it...

John Carson

A compression check will tell you if you're holding pressure in the cylinders. You, if the readings are low, may have a cracked head, burnt valves, cracked block or a hole in the pistons. A complete tear4 down may be in the works if there are bad readings. A new crate motor would be one possibility. I'd check the timing first before starting an expensive tear down.

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