Chevrolet S-10 Truck Starting Problems Answered

1994 Chevrolet S-10 4.3 tbi. I never get the signal to turn on the fuel pump or fire the injectors but if i poor gas in the intake once the truck starts it runs fine. Any ideas ? I have replaced the fuel pump relay oil pressure switch and computer.

If you’re not getting a signal for fuel, then you either have a faulty crank sensor, or bad ignition module.

But the truck runs great until you cut it off. If you poor a little gas in the intake to get it started would that only effect the starting ?

Ok. If it will start by adding fuel to the throttle body and stay running afterward, then you have a bad fuel pump.

Don’t understand ???? Pump runs and can drive the truck at highway speeds. Pump nor injectors work while in crank mode.

User 551, let’s start from scratch. Are you checking for power at the fuel pump when you’re cranking the truck? And how do you know they don’t work? Do you have a noid light on the injectors?

Yes and have nothing.

Well getting to start by adding fuel to the throttle body is not going to turn on some special switch that will send a signal to the pump and injectors. I’m sure you probably just have a bad fuel pump that doesn’t have enough pressure or volume to start the truck, but at running speed can keep up.

Ok but I straight wired the pump and can ground the blue and green signal wire on the two injectors at will spray fuel then you can turn the switch over and the truck will run on its own . Trust me I know it makes no sense. Been turning wrenches a long time and I don’t understand it. Just can’t afford to throw money at it.

That’s a new one on me. There’s no way you have no signal, but then starting the truck by adding fuel will then turn on the injectors and pump. That’s just crazy. Good luck with that one.Chevy truck fuel Pump Assembly picture

Once the truck starts and is running you can remove the jumper to the fuel pump and it will continue to run.

I’m at a loss, you’re on your own on that one. Good Luck.

Chevy S-10 Won’t Restart

It turns over fine. Sometimes starter fluid seems to help, sometimes not?

Hard to say exactly why that is happening. It could be a fuel pump that is going bad, or an ignition problem, or even a computer issue. I would recommend a fuel pressure check just to make sure it is within specs.

I also asked you if the check engine light comes on at all?

Sorry I missed it? No the check engine light doesn’t come on.

OK it’s a good thing then that the check engine light doesn’t come on, as that would rule out a probable sensor issue. I would get the fuel pressure checked to start with, because that’s where the problem is most likely to originate from.

Thank you sir.

Throttle Body

Hey fellas I’ve got a 1998 Chevy s-10 that suddenly died on us, thinking it was the battery like AAA guy said we replaced it but the truck still wont start- might turn once then goes absolutely dead. have checked fuses, not getting any juice to the fuel pump- even tried to direct wire from battery to fuel pump and nothing. now if you pour gas into carburetor it’ll run fine till gas is gone ( i know not real smart ) but we’re not having any luck finding the ground wire either thinking maybe it was just losing ground..ive had four men look at this –any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Do you mean throttle body? Your truck would not have a carburetor on it.

Yes, throttle body.

OK that’s better. But I’m still a bit confused. You say it will go completely dead, but if you pour gas in the throttle body it will run? So it is going dead, like a dead battery, or do you mean it just won’t start, but it will crank?

Cranks fine like its not getting fuel

OK so then it’s NOT going complete dead. Have you done a fuel pressure check?

Yes but there’s no pressure. Fuel pump will not kick on.

So you could have a faulty fuel pump, a bad fuel pump relay, or even a bad computer.

Relay tested good.

OK then that leaves fuel pump or computer.

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54 comments to Chevrolet S-10 Truck Starting Problems Answered

  • chance

    I have a 2002 Chevy S-10 4.3L and it is losing fuel pressure as soon as the pump shuts off and I replaced the pump and the pressure regulator and it still loses pressure. Any ideas what could be wrong?

    • Mechanic JK

      Hmm. That is a good one. About the only thing that can cause a leak down of pressure IS the pump or regulator. Make sure you do not have a leak anywhere. When it starts, see if there is a puff of smoke from the tailpipe and see if it it runs rough. You may have an injector stuck wide open. If that all checks out good, then you may have fixed it with the fuel pump, but got a bad new one doing the same thing. Using fuel line shut off tools to determine which way it is leaking back will tell you if it is in the tank or engine side.

  • Dee

    my s10 is hard starting when cold,and when it starts it has a continues miss.

    Protech: A couple different things can cause a situation like this, and are mostly fuel related. Usually, a tell-tale sign of a fuel pump that is going bad is a hard starting condition when cold. You might want to start with a fuel pressure check just to see if it’s within specs. You should have at least 50psi with the key on and it should hold steady. Any lower than that and you’re looking at a bad fuel pump. Also, low fuel pressure or volume can lead to misfires. Faulty fuel injectors can also lead to a misfire condition as well but depending on the year of your S10 Pickup there is really no quick way to test them. A scanner would come in handy to see which cylinders are indeed misfiring so you could concentrate on those only. You may also want to check ignition components, as things like a distributor cap that has corrosion inside, or a corroded rotor can cause these same conditions. As you can see, there is lots to check. Good Luck.

  • joe cobb

    1999 S10 4.3 eng some times want start in driving and some times after drivig. Did pressure ck. ok but bleeds off after eng. is turned off. ive found the lower intake gasket is leaking and may be getting in to the oil the oil pressure is higher than normal looks like 3 qt”s over after fixing these will that efect the fuel pump problem

  • joe cobb

    1999 S10 4.3 eng. will not start sometimes after driving pressure bleeds off after the eng is turned off is the fuel pump bad?

    • Stan

      The oil is overfull? Make sure it is not from gas. If it is that would explain the pressure bleeding off too. That would be caused by a bad fuel pressure regulator under the intake.

      If that is not leaking, the you need pinch off the return fuel line and the then the fuel feed line to stop the bleed back. This will tell you if the problem is the fuel pump or after the pump- like the regulator or an injector.

  • stevel

    My 01 chevy s10 wont start tested fuel pressure its good I checked cam shaft position sensor it reads at 11v I replaced fuel filter spark plug wires cleaned plugs and distubter cap and roter I have spark and good fuel presdure but don’t know if fuel is reachin the throttle body injectors please help.

    • Admin

      You would have to have a fuel pressure gauge and a scanner to turn on the injectors one at a time and watch for a pressure drop to confirm if the fuel injectors are firing or not. Make sure your pressure is at least 55 PSI. Even 1 lb. less, it will not start.

  • troy

    1999 s10 2.2 engine will not crank unless throttle is wide open

  • troy

    What is the problem is it in the fuel

    • Techjk

      I thnk you mean the engine cranks but will not start unless the throtle is wide open. Check fuel pressure. Check for a leaking fuel pressure reguator causing a rich condition. The oil would smell like gas.

  • DannyBoy

    IF YA HAD TO GUESS??????????

  • russ

    1999 s10 2.2 New pump no power to the relay and no fuel pressure

  • cesar

    I have the same problem not getting any signal to the injectors on a 94 2.2lt checked fuel pressure and different sensors basically it will run for a couple of mins then its like the injectors just cut off no signal at all anybody have a clue to this don’t what else to do to it

  • Stan

    94 s10 new full pump has good presure new plugs wires rotor button dis cap don’t think it’s getting fuel to injectors how can I check no check lights on

  • david

    I also have 95 s10 2.2 not getting ground pulse from computer to injectors truck shut off and changed fuel pump ,pressure regulator ,computer,crank sensor checked all grounds on truck has spark has great fuel pressure just injectors not firing on.

  • jerry

    I have a gmc sonoma 4.3 v6 , i had a faulty fuel pump and replaced it and now it will only start if i pour gas into the throttle body and then it will run until i turn it off and then it will not crank? what do you think is the problem?

  • jerry

    i mean that it will not start again until i pour some more gas in this 98 sonoma/

  • Anonymous

    Is there a sensor that works with the injectors? Because my works with the fuel in the throttle body but when you turnoff injector are not spraying. I changed fuel pump and filter and injectors too.

  • walter

    i have a 2000 chevy 1500 4.3 v6 im not getting a ground to the injectors i am getting positive to the plug on top of the spider injector any ideas

    • Bobby

      The computer (PCM) controls the ground. Either you have a broken wire, bad computer or something not telling the computer to fire the injectors.

  • walter

    where does the ground come from

  • ron

    some of these things are happening to my 1998 chevy s10 truck works good pour a little gas in fuel carb runs good also noticed, ground wire getting hot, would this make it affect, system.

  • ron

    have not looked but it gets real hot to the touch not very good with newer auto worked on older auto 1969 olds and such.

  • JODY

    my 95 sonoma 2.2 randomly starts and like clockwork shuts off. the fuel pump seems to come on then cut out and soon after cuts in and out eratically. i also hear the relay doing the same. ive changed crank sensor, egr, fuel pump regulator. help

  • corene reames

    96 chevy truck turns over will start with starter fluid then dies , it seems to be getting gas?

  • Blake h

    Guys I’m stomped I have a 1994 2.2 s10 4 cylinder and it will start run about 5 minutes then act like it runs out of gas and shut off then if I wait 5 to 10 minutes it will start and do the same thing. I’ve replaced fuel filter, pump, and fuel pressure regulater , and even ignition control module. And no luck if any 1 has had this happen to them I’ll greatly appreciate so advice I live way out in the country and not to many mechanic’s around any help please feel free



  • Viincent

    i have a 02 s10 truck i push cluch but eng.wot turn over.

  • berny

    I have a Sonoma 97 2.2 dont know if this is relate need some help my truck runs ands starts normally the problem I am having is that when I am driving and brake to reduce speed an try to resume continue driving on 2 or 3rd gear it stalls a little bit then it continues an it goes away is this problem related to the fuel pump[ some friends have told me must be a bad fuel pump I chek the pressure but since doesn’t have the gauge had to check on the bottom from the fuel filter an it read 40 psi at the most does this means I have a bad fuel pump

  • I have a 2002 s10 no start. Good fuel pressure to filter n to check valve on top of throttle body but will only start if I pour fuel n throttle body then dies after 20 to 30 seconds. Need help

  • michael

    i have a 2001 2.2 and when im drivingthe truck just shuts,down quits running !!!i keep the tank full and the gas is off!!i replaced the fuel fillter can you help?

  • michael

    i fill the truck upcause the gas gage is off so i keep full,and while im driving it will quit running i,ll pull over and wait a minit and it starts up and go,but if i try to give a bunch of gas it wants to die ???

  • Francisco

    First determine if the ennige is not getting spark or fuel or neither. Then concentrate on that area. Need to know if it cranks over or just clicks when you hit the key?

  • jeff

    I have a 1998 s10 4.3 when I start my truck i can hear the fuel pump come on but still wont start

  • Laura

    OK I have 2000 Chevy blazer Lt 4.3 vortex I am having issues I am tired of fixing and guessing OK so I was told need complete tune up fine did it coil packs and fuel filter my vehicle starts fine then maybe about 3-5starts after won’t start I wait like 15 min then it starts?? Fuel pump sending unit ??? Or injectors?? Or who knows PLEASE HELP Me a.s.a.p

  • mike

    I have a 94 s-10 2.2. 5spd. I just put a used motor in had a miss and narrowed it down to a bad injector on 3 cylinder. When I was taking it apart 4 injector cracked and I replaced it to. And replaced 1 as well. I had a few leaks but got those fixed. My problem is every time you start it. It is review wide open. I have had bad luck with this truck. Can anyone please tell me what could be wrong. Thank you very much

  • Anonymous

    i have99 gmc Sonoma 4.3 when I turned engine off then wont start cranks over good just wont start help

  • kyle

    99 s10 4.3 w vin done engine swap and could only get it to run by pouring fuel in to TBI. Then would run. Hooked computer on it and it came up crankshaft sensor so I got that and the sensor on distributor. Replaced them both. It fired but only on three cylinders on the drivers side. What is going on??

  • Anonymous

    I have a 95 s-10,4.3 vortec, one day I parked it and couldn’t get it to start, I changed fuel pump and it comes on but all it will do is sit there and crank but won’t start? It seems to b gettin plenty of fuel where u can purdge it up by throttle body, dnt have a fuel pressure checker or woulda done that?? Any ideas would b greatly appreciated, been messin w this dang thing for months now ever since I bout it

  • Peter Heavy Runner

    I drive a 1998 Chev Blazer 4.3. Vortec. I was driving one day and I noticed my RPM running high so I tried kicking it dwn and it would kick dwn. The blazer then began to jerk n loose power and was making a klicking sound near the starter area. The blazer then began jerking and losing power then stalled. It started once but would not stay running. The blazer then would not start but all lights on the dasboard are on. I thought it may have been starter so I changes the starter n pute a new battery it still wonblt srart help to give?

    • Harry

      That could be a lot of a things. If the engine was making noise and now will not crank over, the engine may be locked up.

      • George

        check your power steering pump, alternator, belt tensioner any thing running on the serpentine belt if you have an alternator bearing lock up it will stop you motor at low speed and will not be able to turn it over. Easy test is take belt off see if it starts if it does start spinning the pulleys.

  • Jimmy

    My S-10 1998 PU is puzzling me. . . I’ve owned it for a long, long time (12 years) but when I turn the corner it cuts out and dies — all of a sudden — the garage doesn’t know what to make of it It’s my bud and I hate to park it permanently Help anyone?

  • Anonymous

    I have a 02 4.3 s10 that I just bought that will start only when I spray starter fluid in it (I know this is bad) I can hear the fuel pump running no sure what the pressure is. Anyhow once is gets running it idles fine. I can even rev it up when in park without stalling or missing. once I put it in drive it seems to do fine unless I have to punch it. it usually doesn’t stall but will from time to time. however if im going up a hill or if im giving a lot of gas is starts to sputter through the intake. there is no indicator lights on any ideas?

  • Jeremy

    1989 s10 4.3 was sitting for 6 months because fuel pump went out it wasnt getting fuel to throttle body injectors . replaced pump and now its getting fuel through the injectors and acts like it wants to start but doesnt fire to run. i have spark and fuel . what could cause it to act like this . it acts as if its getting ready to start but wont fire up to run

  • Will

    I have a 1995 s10 2.2… it will start and idle all day but when you go to drive it will or sometimes try to shut off? any ideas oh and it is a 5 spd.

    • Anonymous

      I have 1998 chev s10 it does the same thing it will start up and idle it wants to kill on me every now and then not all the time the gauges go crazy for a second then of

  • Anonymous

    To s10 no power on fuel pump. Check ground on frame at back of bed in frame on left

  • stacy steel

    01chevy s10 4.3 just died going 70 mph on the freeway starts back but dies when I put it in gear. Has new fuel pump

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