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99 Tahoe stalled while driving on highway, wont restart

Tahoe just stalled on me doing 65 mph, could not get it restarted. hooked up scanner and only got the p0440 code. Checked all fuses and are all good, tried jumping battery (strong) still cant get it to turn over. Any and all help, sollutions or ideas are more than welcome... I am at wits end... Thank you

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  • mketchens Feb 28, 2009

    It wont crank, I just had the fuel pump replaced almost a year ago.

  • mketchens Mar 01, 2009

    smacked the hell out of the gas tank, still no start.

    Good ground, good connections, still no start.

  • mketchens Mar 01, 2009

    Yes checked all fuses, including under the hood. Lights, radio, instrument panel and gauges work. I looked up the code and yes you are correct with that list but none of them seem to relate to my problem, however just for giggles i removed the gas cap and checked for holes and cracks. I cant drive it right now so I am unable to check for it to comeback in a day or two ...LOL....

    When I attempt to start the vehicle all the guages come to life and the lights come on and everything, what I hear is it attempting to crank like one time I can see the belt rotate maybe an inch and half to two inches (also while trying to jump it). It sounds like the battery is dead but its not! all guages lights and rdio will work.

  • mketchens Mar 06, 2009

    I took the altenator and had it bech tested, it Failed... got a new one, installed it and same thing will not start....I charged the battery as well still no start.

    The wire to the starter is good.

    One ground strap from the engine to frame is corroded about halfway through should I use the jumper cables to bypass that and see if it works?

  • mketchens Mar 06, 2009

    while the neg terminal is attached to battery?

  • mketchens Mar 06, 2009

    still nothing

  • mketchens Mar 06, 2009

    Yes, I can rotate the crankshaft.

    Starter tested fine.

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    exact same problem

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Is the engine cranking but not starting? if so check the fuel pump. Sometimes a good smack on the fuel tank can get it going again but if it works it's a temporary fix.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

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  • s60six Feb 28, 2009

    quitting while driving then not cranking sounds to me like a bad ground engine or body...........check the connections from the battery to the engine and body.....consider using a set of booster cables to create a new temporary ground cirut.

  • s60six Mar 01, 2009

    I found some info on your code and it doesn't appear that it would cause the problem.But i'm not sure if were looking in the right place to resolve the problem. When you turn the key what happens? (do the dash warning lights work? what do you hear?)
    Do you get power to anything? (headlights radio interior lights ect....)
    Another possibility could be a blown fuse have you checked the fuses in the electrical center under the hood as well as the ones in the dash?

    Here is the info on your code that i found.

    A code P0440 could mean one or more of the following has happened:


    • The gas cap is not installed or working properly

    • The purge solenoid has failed

    • The canister is plugged and not working properly

    Possible Solutions
    With a P0440 OBD-II trouble code
    , diagnosis can be tricky at times. Here
    are some things to try:


    • Remove and reinstall the gas cap, clear the code, and drive for a day and
      see if the codes come back.

    • Inspect the EVAP system for cuts/holes in tubes/hoses

    • Inspect for damaged or disconnected hoses around the Evap purge solenoid

    • Check and/or replace the sensor

    • Check and/or replace the purge valve

    • Have a professional use a smoke machine to detect leaks

  • s60six Mar 02, 2009

    ok, Inspect the main wire that goes to the starter. It may be broken off most of the way and not giving the starter enough power to start it. However that doesn't explain why it quit while you were driving. unless it shorted out on the body of the starter..........A big short will stall your truck! if the wiring is good your starter may be shot.
    the other possibility that comes to mind is the engine itself may have an internal issue causing the problem (something broken and binding in the inside of the engine)but if that was the case you would have noticed a loss of power and probably some severe noise.
    Keep me posted! thx


  • s60six Mar 06, 2009

    ye try running them from the neg side of the battery to the engine (something metal)

  • s60six Mar 06, 2009

    there are still a couple of things to try first get the starter tested if it checks ok then you may have an engine problem like i described earlier...........Try to turn the engine manually with a socket on the end of the crankshaft (you may want to remove the sparkplugs to make manual cranking easier) see if you can rotate it several revolutions without much effort or any binding.
    let me know how you make out.


  • s60six Mar 07, 2009

    have you tried to jump power directly to the starter to see if it will turn the engine?
    using a set of booster cables run the neg from the battery to the body of the starter
    run the pos from the battery to the large terminal on the starter then cross out the main batt post to the small solenoid post (starter trigger terminal)
    If this works you should be able to get it started if you do this with the key in the run position.
    also if this works then you have an issue with the starter trigger circuit
    let me know how it goes.


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