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Will not start when cold

Ocasionally, the surburban will not start when cold. Once started it starts fine the rest of the day. Starter spins engine it seems faster than usual. Could this be a module in the electronic spark system? I had this happen once in another chevy vehicle. The starter would spin the engine faster than normally required to start it. Currently it will not fire at all.

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  • jlocke May 11, 2010

    You will have to verify first if it is a igniton problem ( no spark ) or a fuel problem ( no fuel to the Injectors.) or both. Then isolate the problem from there. Good posibility that the fuel pump is starting to go. Check all this when first starting the vehicle cold. You may need a helper & a fuel pump tester.


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I have a mechanic on stand-by to replace the fuel pump. He told me I might be able to get the suburban started by using a rubber hammer on the fuel tank while another person engages the starter. He said sometimes this might break loose the brushes and start the fuel pump going again. I thought this would be worth a try and wanted to let other folks know about this temporary method of getting the car going again. Might save a wrecker bill. Thanks.

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