It's dark and raining here. My 1999 Suburban K1500 is stuck in a
parking lot a few miles down the road and it will not start. It
cranks just fine and the lights are nice and bright. There is no hint
of the engine firing even a single cylinder. My wife says there was
no hint of any problem. The truck was running fine. She parked it
and when she came back, it cranked but would not start.
I was having massive EGR problems and put in one of those Klean Screen
units. I have heard that they can clog and make the engine hard to
start. However, we both tried pumping the gas pedal to see if we
could coax the thing to start … and nothing. So I am thinking it may
not be a clogged EGR passage.
I noticed that I don't smell any gas … at all and the truck has plenty
of fuel in the tank. I figure pumping the gas pedal should flood the
engine ... but I smell nothing. I also noticed the truck is dead
quiet. I could have sworn that the Suburban makes a loud humming
noise as soon as you turn the key. I always though that humming noise
was the fuel pump. If this is the case, then I believe that I that
the fuel pump is not running. Perhaps the fuel pump is dead, or I
have a blown fuse. Perhaps there is some problem with the oil
pressure and the fuel pump has cut off. I'm not sure how to tell … in
the dark … in the rain.
So does anyone know off hand if I should be able to hear the fuel pump
running if I crank the engine over ?
I will go back to the truck tonight with the wife and have her crank
the car over and I will check for arcing by the distributor cap and
wires. The cap and rotor are pretty new so I highly doubt this is the
I will also bring a meter and check the fuel pump fuse. Any other