Question about 1997 GMC Suburban
Will start and run if you prime it and will restart unless it sits for a while
There is a separate circuit and relay that primes the fuel system when you start the vehicle. If you sit in a silent location and turn the key to the ON position (without cranking), you should hear the fuel pump run for about 5-6 seconds. This is to bring the fuel pressure up in order to let the vehicle start. Then the normal pump circuit takes over. Sounds like your priming circuit is not working. I would try the relay first.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I see that you had the injectors replaced 20,000 miles ago. I would still check the oil to make sure it is not overfull. The new injectors could be bad. If the oil level is not overfull then get a paper towel and touch the dip stick tip on the paper towel while oil is on the dip stick. If it's only oil it will not spread. If it has diesel in the oil the oil with spread. If this test doesn't show the injectors to be bad then you have three other possibilities. The FICM (fuel injection control module), the fuel pressure regulator, or the injection pump. It's hard to pinpoint what the problem is without running more tests and the only way to run those tests is with the computer the dealership has. Just so you know your injectors are still under warranty until 100,000 miles. Most likely you will have to take it to the dealership to get you truck fixed. I hope this helps you some.
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
SOURCE: Cranks, fuel pump is running,
My 1996 4x4 had the same problem. It was my fuel pressure regulator. $800 later...from the dealer and it starts just fine. I suggest that you pay a dealer to just scan it. That is how mine was found.
I hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 03, 2009
Sounds to me like either your pressure regulator is bad or you have a loose fitting somewhere in the fuel line from the fuel pump to the engine. When you turn your key to the on position, you should hear the whine of the fuel pump until it builds pressure. When you shut the truck off the pressure regulator should retain the pressure for a certain amount of time but if it don't close then air is allowed into the fuel line and the fuel drains down to fuel line away from the engine. Next time you try and start the truck after it has sat for a while try turning the key on until you hear the fuel pump whine shut off, then repeat it 3-5 times and then try to start it. Basically that is running the pump enough to get the fuel back up to the injectors. Check for loose fittings in the fuel line, or cracks in the fuel line and if all that is fine then replace the regulator.
Hope that helps
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
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