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June 5th, 2010, 5:12 PM   #1  
Blowing fuses and not running!

Hi Guys,

I have a ploblem with my 2002 Z71. It's got a 5.3 L engine and an extended cab. I was idling at a gas station and it died. It would turn over fine, but wouldn't start. I noticed that the gas gauge showed empty and I knew the tank was nearly full. I started checking fuses and found one blown in the fuse box under the hood. I replaced it and the gas gauge showed full again, but the truck still wouldn't start. After trying it a few times, the same fuse blew again and the gas gauge showed empty again. I'm pretty sure I have a short somewhere and I'll have to trace it down, but I'm hoping somebody here may have seen this happen before and can give me a place to start. Thanks for any help,

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June 5th, 2010, 6:12 PM   #2  
You need to see what you are lacking, fuel or spark then go from there. I would suspect fuel. What is the fuse labeled?

 
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June 6th, 2010, 10:22 AM   #3  
Hi MDTAHOE,

Thanks for the reply. I put a fuel pressure gauge on the fuel rail and got no pressure at all while cranking the starter. I replaced the fuse and still got no pressure. The fuse that's blowing is labeled ECM B. Is it my fuel pump, or is it the computer?
Thanks for your help,
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June 6th, 2010, 11:25 AM   #4  
update

I went and bought an Actron OBD II reader. With the blowing fuse replaced, it says 0 codes and with the fuse removed, it says NO LINK. I'm at a loss and feeling pretty frustrated.

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June 6th, 2010, 12:32 PM   #5  
Unplug the fuel pump connector and see if the fuse blows. I highly suspect a blow up pump.

 
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June 6th, 2010, 1:13 PM   #6  
I'm not sure where to unplug the pump. Will I have to drop the fuel tank to get to the plug? The fuse doesn't blow now, so will unplugging it now tell me anything? I can't hear the fuel pump running when the key is turned on or during cranking. I even used a stethoscope and couldn't hear anything. I have a Haynes manual that shows how to remove the fuel tank. Once again, thanks for your help.
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June 6th, 2010, 2:21 PM   #7  
ECM B does have the fuel pump on it.

 
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June 6th, 2010, 7:15 PM   #8  
Well, I syphoned out all the gas I could get out of it this afternoon and I guess I'll drag out the transmission jack and try to drop the fuel tank tomorrow afternoon. Maybe once I get the tank dropped, I'll find some short or broken wire I can fix and not have to buy a new fuel pump. Those things are expensive! I appreciate the help. Wish me luck.

 
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June 7th, 2010, 5:25 PM   #9  
re-update

I dropped the tank and pulled the fuel pump. I couldn't find anything obviously wrong and I didn't know what the resistance should be on the pump motor leads. It read 0.7 ohms - not open windings and not a dead short, so it really didn't tell me anything. I decided to go ahead and buy a new fuel pump anyway and I'm glad I did. I put it in and remounted the tank, which was not as tough a job as I was afraid it was going to be. The truck is running great now. in fact it was idling a little rough before, so maybe the pump had been going out for a while. Thinking back, it did die at a red light about a month ago and wouldn't start for a minute or two. Do these fuel pumps quit intermitantly when they're on the way out? Thanks to MDTAHOE for the useful info,
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June 7th, 2010, 5:44 PM   #10  
what was the millage on it when the pump went out?

 
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