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2001 GMC Jimmy wont start

The truck attempt to start but will not turn over. The radio comes on and light are working, but the engine will not turnover. I was told my a neighbor that I was out of gas and since my gas gauge does not work correctly, I added gas to the tank and still she won't turnover. I'd like to identify the problem before taking her to a garage.

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Try pouring a little gas into the throttle body and starting. If it runs and dies, most likely a bad fuel pump. I already had to put two of them on my 1998 jimmy. Good luck!

Posted on May 17, 2014

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    Amma May 19, 2014

    Thanks Michael, you are correct in that the fuel pump went bad. My fuel gage did not work properly and I have tried to make sure the fuel level never went below a quarter tank. Well, last week, coming home from work, it was raining buckets and I did not want to stop for gas knowing it was getting low. Well you can guess what happend.


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If your gas gauge isn't working.....and it's cranking but not turning over..... it's probably a fuel pump issue.
Jimmys are notorious for giving warning signs before the fuel pump goes out; i.e., gas gauge jumping sporadically from the top fuel line to below Empty in a split second, hearing a 'hum' sound when you turn the key to the on position but not cranking it over. Oddly enough, if you WERE hearing this before and do not hear it's more than likely a safe bet that it's the fuel pump.
A decent pump is going to cost you about $350.00...and depending on the labor rates for mechanics where you live, you'll probably put about $550.00 into replacing it through a mechanic.
Or could drop the tank and put it in yourself, if you're comfortable with it.
Have it hauled into a mechanic you trust and have it tested.
If it's not the pump....have them test the fuse up under the glove compartment...
Hope this helps.
I only offer this , because ironically enough.....I had the same problem.
I was hoping I'd get off lucky and just have to replace the fuse....
It was, indeed, my fuel pump.
But I couldn't complain.....that original pump lasted 12 years.
And.....the gas gauge worked properly :)

Posted on May 23, 2014

  • Tammie May 23, 2014

    If your vehicle is cranking but won't turn over, but everything else is working fine, I'd say check the fuel pump.

    You say your gas gauge isn't long has it not worked?

    Did it jump sporadically from full to empty before quitting completely?

    Jimmys, and most other vehicles, are notorious for giving the warning signs before a fuel pump goes out; i.e., gas gauge jumping all over the place and/or not working at all, turning the key to the 'on' position and hearing a hum or draw before turning it completely over. These are just a couple signs that the fuel pump is going out.

    If such is the case, a decent fuel pump will run you about $350.00 and, depending on labor rates of mechanics where you live, it could run you about $550 to $600.00 to replace it - Unless you're comfortable with pulling the tank and doing it yourself.

    A bad distributor or control module in the distributor, or even a solenoid issue can cause the same problem.

    But since you said the gas gauge isn't working "Correctly", I'm thinking it's likely a fuel pump issue for the reasons I gave above.

    I only offer this answer as I had the same issue in my 2001 Jimmy. The gas gauge was jumping all over the place, hearing the hum when I'd turn the key on...and one day, it just said, "Nope...not happening anymore." I was hoping to get lucky by it maybe being a fuse issue or something small, but it was my fuel pump.

    I won't complain though, because the original I had in mine lasted for 12 years.....the original AC Delco :)

    Once I replaced it, the gas gauge started working properly again and the hum prior to starting disappeared.

    Have it towed to a mechanic you trust and have them test it.

    It's better to pay for that one hours' labor to have them properly diagnose it than to spend hundreds of dollars on guessing or by going what someone else says they think it might be.

    Hope this helps....


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Did you try jump starting it? does it make a clicking noise when you try to start it?

Posted on May 22, 2014

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    Robert Miller May 22, 2014

    did you try jump starting it? does it make a clicking noise when you try to start it?


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Just because the lights and radio come on does not mean you do not have a weak battery. Try charging your battery or getting a boost.

Posted on May 18, 2014

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If it is an automatic, It has to be in park before the engine will turn over.
If it is a standard transmission the clutch has to be fully engaged before it will turn over, There may be a clutch over ride switch on the dash.
The engine would still turn over with no gas, If you hear a click when you turn on the key , it is a starter problem. DJ

Posted on May 17, 2014

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SOURCE: 2001 gmc jimmy not starting

Did they do a fuel pressure pressure test to determine that its fuel pump? And if so what was the p.s.i.?It should be around 55 to 60 p.s.i. a few pounds under 55 p.s.i. Pump needs replaced, Your shop should have chk. this when it was there the first time. Did they by chance chg. the fuel filter, that can hinder it from starting too.

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SOURCE: Engine sputtering now it wont start

sounds like the same problem i was just having try changing out your fuel regulator its pretty pricey try to find the cheapest around $75.

Posted on Apr 07, 2009

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SOURCE: gas gauge not woking properly gas tank only accepts a little gas

I had the same problem. My gas gage would read full and as I drove the gage would read empty; even when I had a full tank of gas. All I had to do is buy a new gas cap... yes that is all! $15.00 and a day later the gas gage is fixed.

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SOURCE: 2001 gmc jimmy wont start security light flashes

have a good battery and check the solenoid

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The sending unit in your tank is bad replace it.

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