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Only on cold days, below 40 degrees, my 1998 S-10 will turn over but not start.

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  • smgrdsx Mar 20, 2011

    On cold days, under 40 degrees, my S-10 will turn over but not start. While turning over when my dashboard lights come on the engine will start.

  • smgrdsx Mar 20, 2011

    Only on cold days, below 40 degrees, my chevy S-10 will turn over but not start.

  • smgrdsx Mar 21, 2011

    very helpful because this solution is the one i've received a few times from other mechanics.

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The first thing you need to do is have the electronic engine control computer scanned for fault codes that would explain this problem, if any fault codes are found deal with those first, the kinds of faults i would expect if you are losing spark are the Crankshaft position sensor or camshaft position sensor, any Kragen or Autozone or Aamco transmission store will run the fault code test, just ask for an OBD2 fault code test, it is free. If no fault codes are in memory the next time it won't start have a can of Spray starting fluid (available from any parts store) ready at hand, spray it in the air intake pipe to the engine while someone cranks it over, if it starts then the electric fuel pump rotor inside the fuel tank is sticking due to the cold temperatures, a fairly common problem especially if the pump is the original one in the truck.

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Hi.

Do an injector cleaning, replace spark and air filter, that may help.

Check air intake temperature sensor and coolant temperature sensor. Use an Ohm meter to check the coolant temperature sensor, if it is open replace it.

Check the fuel pressure, a bad pressure regulator may cause similar problems.Check fuel pressure using a gauge tool. At start it must be 55-65 psi. If it is less, then it is fuel pump or pressure regulator.

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Hi,

There are couple of steps that need to be done before trying to start the S-10. Rather than me writing them out I am pasting the article which gives you a detailed step. Perform the steps to start the S-10 specially on cold days:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7619697_1996-s10-pickup-wont-start.html

This has worked for me and I am sure you will see the difference.

Thanks

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