Question about 1998 Chevrolet C2500
Remember that the relay only will send power to the fuel pump for only 3-5 seconds after the key is turned on. You will need someone in the cab cranking the engine over while you test the circuit to the pump. Make sure you are testing the correct wire. If the engine will start with starting fluid, then there is a fuel delivery problem. Connect a fuel pressure guage to the fuel rail. If you have the required pressure, then you may have a computer that is not grounding the injectors. If you have no fuel pressure, you may have a inoperative fuel pump or a clogged fuel filter.
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If a starter is able to crank the engine but it won't start you usually have either an electrical or fuel problem. It's also remotely possibly that it's compression.
If an engine has proper fuel, spark and compression, it will start when you crank it. So your challange is to find out which part isn't working right. Start with fuel. Spray a little starting fluid into the air intake while someone tries to start the engine. If it starts briefly when you're spraying starting fluid, you probably have a fuel delivery problem. That could be injectors, fuel pump, fuel filter, relay, fuse... who knows what until you check into it.
If it doesn't start with starting fluid, check the spark. Pull a plug wire and attach it to a spare sparkplug and set the plug on a solid metal part of the engine. Have a helper crank the engine while you watch the plug. If you have a good spark, it might just be out of timing.
In any case, you'll need to start isolating the problem. Find out which part isn't working then you'll know what to replace/repair.
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