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SOURCE: I need to see the "how to's" in replacing the one way check valves on my 2001 gmc sonoma 4.3

On the 2001 gmc jimmy 4.3L v6 engine there are two air pump check valves: there's a pipe (about 1" diameter) that comes off each of the exhaust manifolds. the check valves are screwed onto those pipes. then a rubber hose (about 1.25" outside diameter) is clamped to the front of each check valve and connects to the air pump, which is hidden behind the vehicles grille in front of the radiator. typically, if you need to replace these (the life expectancy is about 3-4 years), it starts a chain of events that might be as follows: during the wintertime, water from the exhaust leaks through the worn out one-way check valves, and ends up in the air pump. the water freezes, and the ice jams the air pump, which may or may not ruin the air pump, but which usually blows the air pump fuse, which is impossible to find if you're rummaging around the passenger compartment fuse box or the under-hood fuse and relay box. it ain't there! so if you're looking under the hood leaning up against the front bumper, slide to your left around the passenger side headlight. now you should be looking at the battery, leaning up against the passenger side fender. look down between the battery and the fender. you have to push a few things out of the way, but there you will find a green 30 amp blade fuse (about 1" x 1" fuse--and $2.99 at autozone). this blown fuse should have triggered the check engine light and a DTC (diagnostic trouble code) of p0410 (secondary air injection system). for that vehicle there is a TSB (technical service bulletin) put out by gm (bulletin # 04-06-04-015; march 2004). if you want to print out some literature about all that i've mentioned just surf on over to http://www.obd-codes.com/p0410 for more links and documentation. my credentials: self-proclaimed auto mechanic for 26 years (sorry, no ase certification yet [but still trying to find time to study for the tests]) and college dropout (after 3 years of electrical engineering)--so, in other words, don't believe a word i say; just go to that website and get it straight from the horse's... 
Good luck and hope this helps. I know you have a Sonoma but we have the same platform. I am thinking of buying a set of headers without the Air injection system and having the jimmy dyno tuned again to eliminate the service engine light and recalibrate the ECM to eliminate the air injection pump. 

Posted on May 25, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 GMC Sonoma Ext cab 4.3l, quit while running

Pull plug wire and install a philips screwdriver into the plug wire get it 1/4 inch away from a good ground and crank the engine over, is there spark? if so check that you have fuel pressure buy renting a fuel pressure test kit from schucks or auto zone and turn the Key to run position with the gage hooked up, it should read 50 PSI turn key off and wait 20 seconds should still have 20 PSI of fuel pressure, if no fuel pressure check fuel pump relay, then check fuse to pump. if you have a bad relay and are not getting fuel then check the oil pressure switch to see if you have oil pressure at the switch if no pressure then the oil pressure safety switch has died and needs to be replaced and should stark after replacing. If you have fuel then check the timing to see if you slipped timing belt.

Posted on Jun 12, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 gmc sonoma overheating causes and where is the thermostat

check coolant level,if its not full check for leaks,hoses,water pump,rad and heater core.if level is ok,thermostat is located in housing where top rad hose connects to motor.

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SOURCE: 2001 gmc sonoma overheating causes and whee is thermostat

Not sure if you have the 4.3 v 6 or the 2.2 I4. Regardless, follow the top radiator hose to the engine. Where the top hose connects to the engine is the thermostat housing and the thermostat is in the housing. IF you go to Auto Zone, you can  pick up the new thermostat and they can give you the step by step instructions for you to replace the thermostat with common tools. Good luck and hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: my 2001 GMC sonoma stalls out going up hill?

how much fuel in tank and how long driving uphill???Pump may be running dry

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

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