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Fuel pump came on then went off

Whats the deal with the fuel pump not wanting to work after it ran for a day already

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  • sureshot11 Feb 02, 2009

    I went to start the van and it would not start. So we listened for the fuel pump to start running before starting the van. Can I say 1st turn starts the van ...2nd turn starts the van. There was no fuel pump pumping sound. Purchased a new one went to put it on. So disconnected the battery cable. and the fuel pump plug. Reconnected everything before putting the new fuel pump on and the van started ... So thought it was fixed. Next day it stopped running while driving .... Please help what now ? may I add I am becoming very close friends with the Tow Trucker Driver haha

  • sureshot11 Feb 03, 2009

    No Never did install the new one because the van started great after I connected the battery cable back.

  • sureshot11 Feb 03, 2009

    Yes the van did run out of gas 5 months ago. And the fuel pump does not make the sound when I turn the key to position 1 { meaning I would not start the van} Could you please tell me how to test the fuel pump ? And how do I check for the air in the fuel rail and remove it ?

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1) Are you certain that the original problem was the fuel pump?

2) Did you replace with a new or used fuel pump?

3) What are you using as an indication the fuel pump has failed?

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  • Mark Egan Feb 02, 2009

    So did you ever install the new fuel pump?

    Have you run the Astro out of gas? And if you did, did you purge any air out of the fuel rail? It almost sounds like you've got an air bubble in the system.


  • Mark Egan Feb 03, 2009

    OK. Let me know what else I can do to help you.

  • Mark Egan Feb 03, 2009

    After doing some looking around (and I owned 2 Astro's, an 88 and a 95) I would reconsider replacing the fuel pump.But I would also replace the fuel regulator and the fuel filter.

    And how long since the fan had cap, rotor (assuming this one had cap and rotor), wires, and plugs? One thing I found was caps and rotors seem to fail on these Astros' in the year range you describe. Mkae sure on the distributor that the weep holes are clear in the base of the distributor.

    Let me know what you find.

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