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Astro Problem My 1997 Astro turns over but won't start. I can hear the fuel pump when I turn on the accessories before I try to start it. Is there anything else I should be looking at.

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  • gaddysb Sep 18, 2008

    Thanks!!! The coil wire checked out fine. Plugged coil wire back up and van started right up. Could have been a loose connection, I guess. Anyway, thanks!!!

  • Aptiva Sep 20, 2008

    Same issue here but after numerous tries engine finally starts and runs fine for the rest of the day but, in the morning, same thing all over again.

    We are second owner of this unit and are Happy to say, First owner kept great records of maint. Fuel pump was replaced in '05.

    Could this be an issue with the pressure regulator?

    Thanks in Advance for any help.


  • lsetten Dec 24, 2008

    I have the same problem. My 1997 Astro just quit while driving the other day and I couldn't get it to start up. I left it in a parking lot for two days then came to tow it and it started right up, in freezing weather conditions(5 degrees). I drove it back home about 7 miles and it ran fine the whole way. I went to start it up again the next day and it wouldn't start. I did what you mentioned above, and I have spark from the coil to distributor, and I have spark from the distributor to the plugs( I only checked plug five by sticking a screwdriver in #5 on the distributor rather then the other end of the cable). When I turn on the key I can hear the fuel pump running. I checked all the fuses underneath the hood and they are all good. I am running out of ideas. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. Fuel filter maybe?

  • Tony Hutson
    Tony Hutson May 11, 2010

    It could be several things, but since you can hear the pump that means that some of the possible problems can be overlooked.

    First check the fuel filter.

    Check (safely) if you are getting spark to the plugs.

    When was the timing belt replaced last?



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Ok First lets check the spark. Go in Steps first check to see if you have spark from the ignition coil TO the distributor cap by carefully pulling the coil wire out of the distributor cap, always grab by the boot not the wire never by the wire and wtist gently and pull slowly . once out hold the coil wire close to a ground and have someone crank the engine you will be ok as long as you do not put your hand over the end of the coil wire! Ok if there is Spark there Great, now reinstall the coil wire in the cap. Now go to a spark plug wire and do the same procedure but the plug wires are a bit different on the plug end than the coil wire so you may ned to put a phillips screwdriver in the end of the wire and hold the screwdriver close to a ground be careful of any moving parts like the fan! If you hve spark Great if not you need a distributor cap and rotor (USE ONLY FACTORY GM PARTS) it's very very common in the Astro van
First do these tests and get back to me at and we'll move on to the next step if we need to. If this information is helpful please give me a fixya! Rating Thank you, Randy

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  • Randy Harkins
    Randy Harkins Sep 19, 2008

    Hi this is Randy back a while ago I gave you some advice on your Astro and I like to follow-up on the progress has it started and did any of the advice I gave contribute to it if so please leave me a feedback at

    If not please allow me to continue to help you in any way I can ,Thank you Randy please contact me and let me know how it's going



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