drive a GMC Safari, the other day, I went out to start it, the engine turned,
but the car wouldn't start, came back the next morning, the car started with no
The car worked fine for a day. The day after, suddenly it didn't start
& when it did start it backfired, if I let it stand for a while, it will
start with no problems, I just don't get it, what can the problem be?
HAD SIMILAR PROBLEM. DID NOT START.AFTER TURNING IT OVER TWENTY TIMES IT STARTED AND RAN GREAT. AFTER LEAVING IT SIT FOR A FEW HOURS HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. AFTER CHANGING WIRES, PLUGS, DISTRIBUTER CAP, ROTTER,COIL,AND A FEW OTHER THINGS.STILL HAD THE PROBLEM. FINALLY I CHANGED THE $15.00 fuel filter and it runs perfect.
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www.fixya.com/cars/t1464758-2000_gmc_safari_awd_suddenly_start Dec 31, 2008 - 2000 GMC Safari AWD Suddenly won't start 2000 GMC Safari AWD, I have never had one problem with this van till now It - GMC 2000 Safari .
ENGINE COULD HAVE THROWED ROD BEARING.REMOVE SPARK PLUGS TO KILL COMPRESSION WHILE YOU TURN ENGINE OVER.IF ENGINE STILL WONT TURN EASILY VALVES LASH ADJUSTMENT COULD BE TIGHT MAKING HARD FOR ENGINE TO CRANK.
If your not getting the MIL- engine light coming on and you can smell gas and you had the fuel pump replaced. I would sespect the electronic ignition module of being intermintent. It wouldn,t necessarily show as an engine code and would make it so the vehicle would run find one munite and not run the next The other thing you could check is the fuel filter however i can,t see a mechineic not changeing this with the fuel pump
sounds like water ingress to either a control module or the coil pack, check all control box locations eg footwells for water and then check the engine bay for loose or naked wires, dry and clean and possibly cover with a plastic bag etc and it should be fine.
I have a 2002 Safari with around 220k miles. I went out of town for several days and when I came back it would not start. I eventually got it started after about an hour. This happened again when I did not driver it for a week. This time I could not start the van. The fuel pump was spinning and it was getting gas. I took off the engine couling inside the van and inspected the rotor and cap. They were completely corroded. I put in an after market set for less than 30 bucks and the van started right up. I plan on getting the wires and plugs replaced but I don't think I want to do that myself due to tight access. Good luck.
Safari's tend to have problems with the rotor button on the distributer. Your's may be going bad. At first the van will stall as you described, due to a jarring of the motor, ie: a bump. etc., and then it will restart.
After a while the rotor button will fail completely.
I have had this same problem with two safar's and this is the solution that I have found.