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1987 Chevy Suburban 350 2wd not starting or running right

It only starts when I prime it by spraying something into the throttle body. Once running, it does pretty good in 1st & 2nd gears, but in 3rd, if I try to accelerate, it chokes down & dies. I have replaced: throttle body, a sensor on the side of the throttle body (I forgot the name of it), all spark plugs & wires, exhaust system (pipe, muffler, catalytic converter), fuel filter, & fuel pump. My transmission was rebuilt just a year or so before this problem started. Any help would be very appreciated.

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  • timandjulie9 May 12, 2009

    Thanks for the help. I have already replaced the fuel filter & fuel pump. I can hear the pump pressurizing when I turn the key on. What electronic components are you talking about?


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What size engine do you have in it? And, how many miles on it?? Well, I guess it really doesn't matter. At first thought it sounds like you are experienceing a fuel problem, and changing the throttlebody didn't solve your problem. I would start by looking and checking my fuel delivery system. The fact that you had to spray gas into the throttlebody tells me that fuel is not getting there. I would start with the least expensive thing to fix first. Check your gas filters. These are often , OFTEN, overlooked as a sorce of problems, and are rarely changed and often overlooked, and are the problem alot of the time. If that dosen't cure your problem check your fuel pump. Make sure it is delivering the proper pressure. I would bet your problem would be solved, but if it's not then next I would check the electrical components of your fuel system.

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    Charlie Troy May 16, 2009

    I answered this a couple of days ago, but I don't see the answer I posted so I will try again.

    The electrical parts I would test would be the ignition coil pack. You will need an ohm meter and disconnect the coil pack from it's source of power.. Then connect the probe's positive + cable to the positive side of the coil, then test each negitive - terminal of the coil. The resistance should be the same for each one. Next you will want to test the secondary resistance of the coil pack by probing the paired companion cylinders terminals of the coil. I hope I said that so it wasn't too confusing. It kind of sounded that way when I read it back, but it's pretty easy to do. BTW I had a problem real simular to your's on a 95 Bonneville. I thought it was fuel related, but it was the coil pack.

    Good luck my friend.

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    Charlie Troy May 16, 2009

    Opp's, I forgot to mention the other thing I would check if the coil pack tested OK. That would be what is known as the crankshaft position sensor, that is if you vehicle is equipped with one.


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It is located next to your throttlebody (like a small tube). CATALYTIC CONVERTER. A catalytic converter is a small unit located on the stock h-pipe that heats ... mufflers alone and have them welded into your stock exhaust system. ... Detonation is when the air fuel mixture ignites before the spark plug has fired.
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