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1997 gm 2500 with 350 vortek will not fire I have fuel new fuel pump and coil and ignition module and ignition switch and tested computer it is ok has a new oil pump fuel pressure shut off switch new distributor new alternater and still no fire

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  • mdcliff Jan 02, 2011

    You say "still no fire"....by this, do you mean it won't start, or you don't even have a spark?

    If you have a spark, your issue is most likely fuel related. You didn't mention changing the fuel filter. Try checking the cranking fuel pump pressure. A low (or no ) reading could indicate a clogged fuel filter. It could also mean no current to the fuel pump.

    Have you tried cycling the key from off to on (not start, just on) to see if you can hear the fuel pump run for a few seconds? Try this cycling effort 6 or 7 times, then go ahead and try to start. If it starts, I'd lay good money on the fuel filter.

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