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1997 firebird start from jumping starter runs 5 to 8 seconds kills can repeat.new fuel pump,new ignision have fire to every thing will some one please help me on this

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It sound like a bad alternator. it wont hold a charge

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We changed the fuel pump out because the car stopped running we checked it out and it was bad, the new one works and we have fuel to the out port of the filter but it will not start .we have spark but...


Not sure about this, but you might want to find your fuel "reset" button for the fuel pump. It's usually located in the trunk.

You say that it's getting fuel to AND from the filter (?); there might not be enough pressure to get to the injectors.

Try turning the key on for a about 5 seconds, but don't try to start it. This actuates the fuel pump.. Do no pump the gas pedal. Turn the key off, then try to start it.

If it doesnt start, turn the key on but don't try to start it. Pump the gas pedal 2-3 times, then try to start. You usually should not pump the pedal, but in this case it might just need a little "kicker" to get gas through the line.

If it doesn't start repeat this procedure. Hopefully it starts.

Note: Never crank a car over for more than 4-5 seconds. It's hard on the starter and will wear your battery down really fast.

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did u replace key & lock cylinder or ignition switch,,??if u have no power at ignition switch(ck with test light) look for broken wire off starter ? ck power at fuses,,ect,,

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sounds like it needs an ignition switch. the reason it dies after a few seconds after jumping the starter is bc the security system from gm thinks you're stealing the car so it kills the fire. the security system goes thru the key so if the switch is bad, it wont run no matter how you try to crank it

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if starter will engage and engine can turn over quickly it should start.

however.. i dont know how you are verifying it has fuel as its a high-pressure FI system.

these systems by GM are VERY finicky and unless within spec precisely it will NOT run. i suspect fuel pump is putting out less than 57# which is min for these.

fuel pump known failure part. if replaced you MUST also replace wire harness at tank as they usually fail internally w/melted wires you cant see through wire sheath. low voltage will KILL the new pump.

also you didnt note engine size and family...

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Fuel pump fuse?


You won't hear the fuel pump come on with the key switch because they are engineered to NOT pump unless the engine is running so that you don't set yourself and the world on fire if you get in a bad wreck. Some units fire with distributor pulses and ALL will have have a wreck reset device that you can not find so far.

Perhaps that is what was wrong with the first pump? The wreck reset device is inertia triggered to forever kill the fuel pump until manually reset or replaced, you MUST find it where ever it is. It might have been damaged electrically by the first pump? You possibly have a computer failsafe in operation preventing you from starting your engine until the RESET device is reset properly?

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thats probably not it i would check to see if battery is staying charged should have between 13 and 14 volts.

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