Question about GMC K1500

Open Question

Vapor lock and 1990 gmc safari van

Car tries to start, but smells like gas strongly and kicks and sputters and then dies.

can I fix this easily??

It is a really hot day, does this have anything to do with it?

Posted by on


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
New users get to try the service completely Free afterwhich it costs $6 per call and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: 1998 gmc safari van

Check your spark plugs. That could be one of the reasons. Or are you sure you purchased the proper Fuel pump?

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

  • 7 Answers

SOURCE: GMC Safari Van - Change spark plugs

i went under for driver side then i took off passenger side wheel you also have to remove two bolts that are holding dipstick tube in place it is easy to get them from the wheel well on passenger

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: I need to find and change the fuel pump relay on my 1993 GMC Safari. Any help?

I don't have the whole solution, but I do know that my fuel pump is in side the gas tank on my GMC Safari. Hope that helps!

Posted on May 08, 2009

  • 2984 Answers

SOURCE: replace power steering pump

NOTE: The following procedure requires the use of the GM Puller tool No. J–29785–A (1985–92), Puller J–25034–B (1993–96) or equivalent, and the GM Pulley Installer tool No. J–25033–B or equivalent.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety.
  2. For 1996 vehicles, remove the air cleaner assembly for access.
  3. For 1993–96 vehicles, remove the hood latch and the upper fan shroud.
  4. Release tension and remove the drive belt. For details, please refer to Section 1 of this manual.
  5. Remove the power steering pump pulley using a suitable puller tool.
  6. Remove the power steering pump retaining bolts, then reposition the pump as necessary for access to the hoses.
  7. Position a fluid catch pan under the power steering pump.
  8. Remove the hoses from the power steering pump and drain the excess fluid into the catch pan.
    Be sure to cap all openings in the pump hydraulic system to prevent excessive fluid spillage and the possibility of system contamination.
  10. Remove the power steering pump from the vehicle. To install:
  11. Position the pump to the vehicle, then uncap and connect the pump hoses.
  12. Install the steering pump to the retaining bracket, then secure using the retaining bolts. Tighten the power steering pump-to-bracket bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). For 1996 vehicles, tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm). NOTE: On early-model vehicles where the drive belt is tensioned by pivoting the power steering pump assembly, do NOT fully tighten the mounting bolts at this time, since you will just have to loosen them again for belt installation and adjustment.
  13. Install the pump pulley using the GM Pulley Installer tool No. J–25033–B or equivalent. Press the drive pulley onto the power steering pump.
  14. Hand-tighten the pivot bolt, the adjusting bolt and the washer.
  15. Install the drive belt. On early-model vehicles so equipped, properly adjust the belt tension. For details on belt installation and tension adjustment, please refer to Section 1 of this manual.
  16. For 1993–96 vehicles install the upper fan shroud and the hood latch assembly.
  17. For 1996 vehicles, install the air cleaner assembly.
  18. Connect the negative battery cable.
  19. Refill the power steering reservoir and bleed the power steering system.
  20. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  21. Road test the vehicle, then check and top-off the power steering fluid.
Fig. 3: Removing the power steering pump pulley — 1985–92 vehicles

Email me at for an engine picture breakdown.

    Posted on Jul 22, 2009

    • 92 Answers

    SOURCE: I have 1999 gmc safari. it won't start, there is

    screwdriver works, which means the battery is good and the starter works. in between is the ignition switch. first you should check for 12V at the starter post w/ the smaller wire on it as the key is held in "start" position. if no, then you should probe the supply wire @ the ignition switch (Red wire) for constant 12V; if no, then there is a bad wire/fuse between the battery and the ignition switch. if it does then probe the ignition wire on the switch (Pink) w/ key in "on" position. if no voltage, then bad ignition switch. if yes, then probe the starter wire on the switch (Yellow) for 12V w/ key in "start" position. If no, then bad ignition switch. If yes, then check for wire break between ignition switch and starter

    Posted on Sep 30, 2009

    Add Your Answer

    Uploading: 0%


    Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



    Related Questions:

    1 Answer

    Strong smell of gas after turning off

    you may have a fuel leak or your motor is running rich check the fuel tank and have your idle speed motor checked

    Jan 18, 2014 | 2002 Mercury Villager

    1 Answer

    Where is the fuse panel on a 2000 GMC Safari Van

    Check by the drivers side kick panel. To the left of the brake pedal

    Nov 10, 2013 | 2000 GMC Safari

    1 Answer

    Vapor locks

    It could be a vapor lock but not likely. Since the introduction of fuel injection vapor lock has been eliminated.
    You need to figure out if you are loosing fuel pressure or spark when it will not start back up. Could be a fuel pump relay or ignition module among other things. Even a problem with the vent for the gas tank.

    Jul 27, 2012 | 1990 Ford Econoline

    2 Answers

    Van stalled and wont start when you try to start it what is wrong with it?

    the fual pump could be gone. you will smel gas but its not pumping it out of the tank

    Jan 30, 2012 | 1997 Dodge Caravan

    2 Answers

    1999 GMC safari seems to be fuel starved. The other night my husband was on his way to work, it was snowing terribly and fishtailed a bit so he took his foot off the gas when he put his foot back on the...

    If your not getting the MIL- engine light coming on and you can smell gas and you had the fuel pump replaced. I would sespect the electronic ignition module of being intermintent. It wouldn,t necessarily show as an engine code and would make it so the vehicle would run find one munite and not run the next The other thing you could check is the fuel filter however i can,t see a mechineic not changeing this with the fuel pump

    Dec 05, 2010 | 1999 GMC Safari

    1 Answer

    The engine sputters and dies when it heats up. Is this Vapor lock? On cold start it works great and idles just fine but as it heats, the engine starts choking and soon dies out. If this is vapor lock, how...

    sounds like the reason it starts and idles fine at start up is your choke is functioning... as your vehicle warms up.. the choke starts to kick off... Inspect your throttle body and idle control motor.

    Aug 05, 2010 | 1986 Ford Bronco II

    1 Answer

    Wont stay runnin

    It sounds like the same problem I have on occasion with my 1994 GMC Safari van. You need to check your AIC valve ( air intake control) it may be bottomed out wich is the reason it starts but will not stay running. Now I also have another possilbe solution ckeck to see if your catlist converter is not plugged . Not shure why but these are some of the solutions that I have for what happenes to my van . Hope this info can be of some help.


    Mar 25, 2009 | 1991 GMC Safari

    Not finding what you are looking for?
    Cars & Trucks Logo

    Related Topics:

    104 people viewed this question

    Ask a Question

    Usually answered in minutes!

    Top GMC Experts


    Level 3 Expert

    76630 Answers


    Level 3 Expert

    1311 Answers

    Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland

    Level 3 Expert

    22219 Answers

    Are you a GMC Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

    Answer questions

    Manuals & User Guides