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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe Base 4dr

2001 Chevrolet Tahoe
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Rear Wheel Drive, 4 Door
15 mpg city / 20 mpg hwy
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March 10, 2013, 5:15 pm

Jim S
 

Question: Starting Issues

Recently, about 2 - 3 months ago I started noticing that my vehicle is getting harder and harder to start in the mornings or after it has been sitting for a couple of hours. I don't know how many times I have "killed" my battery trying to start my truck. But, if I get a jump from someone, the truck pretty much will fire right up. I have had my battery checked and was told that it is still good and strong. I am thinking it might either be the alternator or the starter because when I crank on it the battery will hold up for a few minutes.


March 20, 2013, 3:28 pm

Elizabeth K
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Is it cranking over for a long time without starting? If so:
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-cranks-excessively-before-starting

Or is it not cranking over? If so:
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-engine-will-not-crank-over


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March 21, 2013, 7:00 pm

Jim S
 

I cannot say that it cranks for a long time because when I try starting my truck, I do not sit there and crank and crank and crank, I just do it in short bursts. Anyways, I took my truck to my mechanic for diagnostics and was told that a good working fuel pump puts out about 65 psi and my fuel pump was only putting out 40 - 45 psi. I just replaced my fuel pump last year and I had put a Delphi fuel pump in it.


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March 21, 2013, 7:38 pm

Elizabeth K
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Your symptoms and the diagnostics both point to the same direction: fuel pump output too low. It would be worth checking the voltage at the pump to make sure the cause is not a bad connection. If the problem is a defective fuel pump, try contacting the place where you bought it, the part may be warrantied (although it would most likely cover the part and not the labor).


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