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On our 1997 express van there is no fuel getting to the engine, however ther is fuel at the filter on the frame rail. Why is the fuel not reaching the engine. The van will start if we add fuel by hand.

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The lines might be kinked or clogged. have you ran a curb recently? also there should be no fuel on the frame rail, you have a leak. that is a most likely cause

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