I have a 1997 Blazer LS, 4 X 4, with a "W" type 4.3L V6 rebuilt engine in
it. When the engine was replaced the mechanic who performed the work
installed the "updated fuel spider" kit. This was about 2 years ago.
Since then, I've had to have the fuel pump replaced (June 2008) and shortly
afterwards the catalytic converter at a local garage.
Recently, the vehicle died on the highway again and was towed to the same
local garage where the fuel pump and catalytic converter were replaced. The
symptoms were exactly the same as when the fuel pump failed. No power and it
wouldn't start. It seemed as though it wasn't getting fuel. No smell of gas
anywhere at all.
The mechanic at the local garage has isolated the problem to what he
believes is a defective fuel spider. Whenever the fuel spider is connected,
the fuse blows out. For him to pursue it any further, he has to start
removing parts. The quote for the fuel spider was $599, plus $300 in labor
to replace it.
I put in a call to the original mechanic who installed the engine and the
updated fuel spider to see if I have any recourse with regard to price and
so on. I'm not getting my hopes up, but you never know unless you ask.
What I'm trying to find out is if there is any sort of test procedure to
prove beyond a doubt that the fuel spider definitely is defective. I realize
that this would require removing it from the vehicle. I'm just looking for
options, as a new or used vehicle is out of the question at present and I
can't see putting almost $1000 in to a vehicle this old.
Thanks in advance to those who post a reply to the group.