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I have an 1988 suburban 4x4 with 5.7 TBI V8. I have had to rplace the 2 injectors 2 times in the last month. I have replaced all the ground straps and cables and now I don't have fuel coming out of the injector and I don't have any spark. After replaceing the grounds it started and ran for about 10 minutes then died and I have not been able to start it since

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It would seem like a problem with the ECU or the fuel pump, but the common link between those two systems is the ignition module that is located on the distributor under the distributor cap, and that module is actually responsible for the fuel pump signal to run the fuel pump, the dwell signal to cause the ignition coil to fire, and also the signal that the ECU uses to time and fire the injectors, and you can remove the ignition module and have it tested for free at most auto parts stores.

Before you replace the ignition module back into the distributor, be sure to clean the mounting surface for the ignition module, and be very certain that you do use the silicone grease or die-electric compound (which ever one came with the module) to completely cover the metal mounting surface of the ignition module with that grease/compound because it is a heat sink and the ignition module will burn out in no time if you fail to use the heat sink grease/compound.

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  • Zaraki Jun 02, 2010

    Also; Check the power wire to the ignition coil, and with the key in the run position there should be full battery voltage going into the ignition coil and running over to the ignition module inside of the distributor, and a loss of full battery voltage to the ignition module from the ignition coil would mean that the ignition coil is shorted out, and it is not un-common for the ignition coil to damage the ignition module. However if there is full battery voltage going through the ignition coil to the ignition module, then the ignition module only will need to be replaced.

  • dan_smith960 Jun 02, 2010

    Thank you, I will check these things but I forgot to mention that I have full fuel pressure at the injectors.

  • dan_smith960 Jun 02, 2010

    Thank you, I will check these things but I forgot to mention that I have full fuel pressure at the injectors.

  • dan_smith960 Jun 02, 2010

    Thank you, I will check these things but I forgot to mention that I have full fuel pressure at the injectors.

  • dan_smith960 Jun 02, 2010

    Thank you, I will check these things but I forgot to mention that I have full fuel pressure at the injectors.

  • dan_smith960 Jun 02, 2010

    Thank you, I will check these things but I forgot to mention that I have full fuel pressure at the injectors.

  • Zaraki Jun 02, 2010

    Even with full fuel pressure in the fuel system I would still suspect the ignition module or coil to be the problem.

  • dan_smith960 Sep 14, 2010

    Your suggestion was helpful. I replaced the module in the distributer and have not had a problem since! Thank You



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