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Fuel pump problem

I had my fuel pump replaced about 2 years ago. From the day I got it back it wouldnt start on the first crank but always on the second.That seemed unusual. Over the course of the last 2 months it took longer to start in the morning, now I have to crank it till the battery dies,I put the charger on it ,let it go and then it takes about 6 or 7 cranks and it starts. After it starts its not a problem starting as long as its not off for too long. If it sitst for more than 4 or 5 hours it won't start. Any ideas? By the way its a 2001 chevy 2500 cargo van. Thank You Jim LiPuma

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  • molippy Apr 19, 2009

    Its a 2001 Also when I fill the tank with fuel theres a strong smell of gas for a day or two.

  • molippy Apr 19, 2009

    Thanks for your help with my fuel pump problem where can I find the tank vent line and is that related to the gas smell when I fill the tank?

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    Ronald Mueller May 11, 2010

    what year is the truck?


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It seems that your system is not maintaining it's prime and my guess is that your fuel pump realy is weak. what this means is that when you turn the ignition key you should hear the relay click which then primes the system and starts the vehicle. also if your vent tube on your fuel tank is plugged you get in eccsence a vapor lock. i would start by looking at these first if you need further help just click on my user tab on the site

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    Ronald Mueller Apr 20, 2009

    you should be able to purchase that vent tube at a local auto parts store, while your there also get a new fuel filter as well that will also help performance. please rate the solution it would be greatly appreciated thank you Ron M


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I would look with fine tooth comb at your fuel line for small pinhole or loose conection

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