I recently purchased a 1997 Savana van (5r.8 L Vortec) that seemed in
very good condition. The previous owner told me that the only problem
they had was that about a year ago, the battery kept draining and the
fuel pump 'went'. They had both changed and didn't have any more
Last week, I arrived home and shut the van off, later went to restart
and it would crank but not start. My friend (who is a certified Ford
mechanic) came over and determined that the fuel pump was not working.
I had the van towed to his shop where he changed the fuel pump and
filter (he removed an AutoZone pump and replaced it with a GM one. All
seemed OK for two days, and the pump stopped again!
He took the vehicle back, stated that it may be the pump relay and
changed both. He also checked the wiring harness for any problems but
said it looked great.
The van seemed to work fine, drove it for about a week. It started to
'miss' at times (usually when letting off the throttle), and wanted to
stall. It did stall a few times but would restart after a few minutes.
Now, the fuel pump is gone again, and it is dead in the water.
My mechanic friend is at wits end and is ready to throw in the towel.
Is it time for a real GM mechanic?
Does anyone have any directions to point my mechanic (since it is back
at his garage)?