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Geodude
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Jan 11, 2011, 11:12 AM

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Hello.

My 1999 Chevrolet Silverado (V6) has just over 99,000 miles.

Just out of the blue yesterday, it didn't want to start in this cold weather (20 degrees and colder). When I hold the acclerator down to "choke" it, it will start, but still wants to die until it gets warmed up. Then it runs normally.

Any idea what might be the problem?


Hammer Time
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Jan 11, 2011, 2:53 PM

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First off, your not choking anything when you hold the accelerator down. The truck is fuel injected.

You're going to have to test the fuel pressure in the morning when it won't start. This engine uses a high pressure system that is very pressure sensitive. It needs over 55PSI to even run.



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Geodude
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Jan 11, 2011, 3:02 PM

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Yeah, I knew I wasn't really choking it, that's why "choke" is in quotation marks. That's just what it made me think of when I was able to start it that way. How do you test the fuel pressure, though? I'm pretty sure I've never done that before. Is there a certain tool/gauge I need to use?


(This post was edited by Geodude on Jan 11, 2011, 3:04 PM)


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Jan 11, 2011, 3:06 PM

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You use a fuel pressure gauge. There is a service port on the back of the engine on the fuel line.



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Geodude
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Jan 11, 2011, 3:49 PM

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Okay.

Also, I'm not sure when I last changed the fuel filter. Any chance that could be the issue?

I'm not sure if that would be related to cold start problems or not.

Thanks for you help, by the way.


(This post was edited by Geodude on Jan 11, 2011, 3:50 PM)


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Jan 11, 2011, 3:59 PM

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Not likely but it can lead to premature pump failure so it should be changed if it has over 30k on it or has seen any bad gas.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 13, 2011, 5:02 AM

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Note to add: Fuel filter is on frame and they can get real rusted stuck. Change it often. Fuel pressure is critical to most of these at HT said.

BTW - you shouldn't have to, and should NOT touch the "gas pedal" to start this, hot or cold,

T



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Geodude
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Jan 13, 2011, 9:56 AM

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Well, as it happens I had a mobile mechanic out to diagnose the problem and hopefully fix it while I was at work. Of course, it started up fine so he was unable to do a diagnosis (no problem code either). However, since I owed him for a service call and my cost was going to come out about even, I had him go ahead and replace the fuel filter since I knew it hadn't been done in long time. The filter definitely needed changing and I've had no problem since, even though these last two mornings have been even colder. May just be luck, but we'll see what transpires from here.

Thanks for the help, both of you.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 13, 2011, 10:40 AM

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No codes found and didn't do it with new fuel filter sounds like a fix to me but time will tell. If it does do it again I hope it will leave you a code at least if intermittent,

T



Geodude
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Jan 13, 2011, 10:44 AM

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Yes, I hope so too.

Thanks again.


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Jan 13, 2011, 2:20 PM

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The fuel filter will not cause the problem. These are high flow systems that only burn a small portion of what goes through it and 90% of the fuel passes through the filter and back to the tank so to have a filter obstruct to the point of causing an engine problem would have ruined the fuel pump already.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 13, 2011, 4:16 PM

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HT - I know you don't think ICE. Filter "could" collect yuk and ice and only a maybe, was at least part of the problem. Can't tell on a web site vs being there??

T







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