R.I.P. 112,000 miles on it, and I had OF COURSE just filled the truck
up. Glad it happened today instead of yesterday, I took the truck on
a 400 mile trip yesterday, to NYC. Oh well, it's at my favorite shop,
they'll get to it the beginning of next week (they're real busy), and
I expect to have to shell out a wad of cash for the repair.
1994 GMC Jimmy, 4.3L CPI, 4x4 4-door.
Was rolling up to an intersection where the cars were just starting to
roll at the green light. Went to speed up and the engine just died.
I fortunately had enough speed to pull over off the road. The truck
started, moved a few feet then stalled again. Kept doing that till I
got to a hill then it wouldn't go anymore. It's final resting place
was with the tail end about 5 feet into the road, with the front
wheels pretty well off the road. Once my dad showed up, we were able
to push it backwards in N (fortunately downhill, he wanted to go
uphill) to get the rear mostly off the road.
Do you know how hard it is to get to that fuse panel when you can't
leave the driver's door open too long? I do, it's not easy, but my
ECM A and ECM B fuses were good, so it's the relay or the pump, most
likely the pump...
My heart dropped when the oil pressure went to 0 and there was no
power steering, I thought I'd killed the engine, I'm not even 1,000
miles over needing an oil change, and I have Mobil 1. I'm just
thankful it didn't happen on the highway or in NYC the day before. I
did have what I now feel to be warning signs, I had a slight surge at
highway speeds. The pump was loud, had been for about a year, so I
knew I was getting close to borrowed time...
The pump and sender on the newer trucks are one unit. You replace
one, you replace both. On the older trucks, like mine and your 88,
the pump and sender are separate. I had the sender replaced when the
tank was, they had to cut the lines to get the tank out due to 8 years
of rust and as many years of Northeast winters...
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