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I have a 2001 Chevy S10 with the 4.3L Vortec Engine 2WD. Every morning I turn the key to start it, it will turn over and over, then I release the key, and restart until it finally starts. When it warms up it will start just fine with no issues, When it sits for a while and hasn't been started for a few hours, it has difficulty starting. Here are my thoughts..... Since I run the gas tank to near empty every time, trash has created a problem with the fuel filter.... or.... The distributor is coroded and needs cleaned..... or..... the fuel pump relay maybe starting to go bad..... I just recently cleaned the air filter and put HEET fuel system cleaner to clean out any possible water in the fuel...... What are your thoughts????

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There is a check valve incorporated in the fuel pump that often fails, allowing the fuel in the lines to drain back to the tank. After the truck sits for a while, try cycling the key on and off 2 or 3 times, waiting about 5 seconds before each turn. If the truck starts right up, this is probably your issue. Usually replacing the pump is the fix for this problem, otherwise some auto supply stores offer an add in check valve you can install in the fuel line, but these are only to be used on fuel systems with return lines (which yours should be)

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It all sounds good, i would lean towards the distributor as since it warms up it runs fine. Hope this helped Tim

Posted on Oct 16, 2010

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