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Pickup Died - Any Ideas? #7642675
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My wife took my '87 Chevy K10 to the lake last night to kayak with her mom. It's about a 20-25 mile drive to the lake from my house. On her drive back, around 10pm, she calls and says that the pickup died randomly going down the road. She was able to muscle it onto the side of the road (power steering lost when the motor died). She couldn't get it to start again, but it would crank.

Spark plugs and cables were replaced around 2012; same time as belts and radiator hoses. The fuel pump was replaced around 2014 or maybe 2015, when the tank was replaced. New radiator around three years ago. It's gotten a new battery within the last year or so. That's about all that I've had to do to keep her running, other than oil changes.

I didn't have time to look at it last night as I had to get up for work this morning. Thankfully, my father-in-law brought his pickup over and we were able to pull it to an approach to get it off the shoulder. What do you think caused it to die and not fire back up? Fuel filter? Distributor/cap/rotor? Where would you start troubleshooting?

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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642681
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Check for spark. If it cranks, the voltage should be okay. Cap and rotor are pretty cheap if that's it. How many miles?
Was it running okay when it died? Or was it starting to ping, knock, etc. that may indicate a worn gear on the bottom of the distributor, which would throw the timing off.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642682
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Fuel system is the easiest place to start then electric system pop the fuse box my have just blown a fuse.


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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642683
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Squirt a bit of brake or carb clean into the intake, if it starts, then its a fuel issue.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642684
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Ran out of gas

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: Donnersurvivor] #7642686
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Originally Posted by Donnersurvivor
Ran out of gas


Definitely worth checking. I've seen that bite a few guys over the years. Don't trust the gauge.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642689
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I filled the tank to the top before she took off, so there's no way it should have run out of gas. No leaks from the tank or fuel lines. She's got about 118,000 miles on her.

Right before it died, my wife says that it kind of lurched a little bit - like if you were to put it into a higher gear before you had gained enough speed to do so. But, she was already in 3rd gear (highest gear) and going about 55-60mph.

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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642690
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Fuel is a good place to start- In addition, I would check battery terminals and ground to alternator

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642691
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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642692
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Take a rubber mallet and a spark plug with you. Turn the key to on. Do you hear the fuel pump run? If not thump the tank with the rubber mallet. If the brushes are bad in the pump motor this might get it to start up. Usually pump motors fail while at rest, not while running. If the pump works and it doesn't start it is time to check for spark. Remove a spark plug boot and insert the plug you brought. Make sure it is grounded and have someone to crank the engine while you check to see if the plug has spark. If not inspect cap and rotor. Could potentially be the pickup coil also.

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I guess I'm not sure I could tell you what the fuel pump sounds like when it runs...I've got new plugs for it, they're actually sitting on the dash crazy Been meaning to replace them one of these days just as a good maintenance practice. I've also got a new fuel filter in the cab, for the same reason.


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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642696
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My luck if you just topped off the fuel tank it would be the fuel pump if it's in the tank. It could be a lot of things but sound like when my fuel pump went out on my excursion except we were 130miles from home.

Could be the alternator having gone out too and died once the battery ran out of juice.

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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642699
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More often than not, I have seen fuel pumps (in tank) fail when the tank is filled. Sometimes I think it is the cold gas hitting a hot pump and it shocks it. Always sucks dropping a full tank. Look into lifting the bed if it is the pump, many times that is easier.

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Originally Posted by k snow
More often than not, I have seen fuel pumps (in tank) fail when the tank is filled. Sometimes I think it is the cold gas hitting a hot pump and it shocks it. Always sucks dropping a full tank. Look into lifting the bed if it is the pump, many times that is easier.

Your observation is interesting. It was about 102°F here yesterday, and the pickup sat in the driveway all day, heating up. Wouldn't the pump likely fail right there at the gas station then? Rather than driving another 30+ miles before giving up the ghost? When I replaced the tank and fuel pump last time, I just dropped the tank out from the bottom. Seemed to work ok. The pump is inside the tank in my case.

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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642703
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My bet is timing belt…had this happen to a 1991 ford escort.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642705
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Originally Posted by DakotaBoy
Originally Posted by k snow
More often than not, I have seen fuel pumps (in tank) fail when the tank is filled. Sometimes I think it is the cold gas hitting a hot pump and it shocks it. Always sucks dropping a full tank. Look into lifting the bed if it is the pump, many times that is easier.

Your observation is interesting. It was about 102°F here yesterday, and the pickup sat in the driveway all day, heating up. Wouldn't the pump likely fail right there at the gas station then? Rather than driving another 30+ miles before giving up the ghost? When I replaced the tank and fuel pump last time, I just dropped the tank out from the bottom. Seemed to work ok. The pump is inside the tank in my case.


My pump died when it was -15 in February, so who knows some times.

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Turn the key on you should hear the pump kick on if not it's out. Easy to check.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642709
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well, considering it's 35 years old...I'd say "old age".



Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642712
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Like said above check for spark to determine if it is fuel or spark issue. If fuel my guess is fuel pump. If no spark it could be the crank sensor. I had one go bad on a 98 k1500 truck was running fine then just died. If no spark be careful not to crank it over too much or it will get really flooded.

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Originally Posted by Providence Farm
My luck if you just topped off the fuel tank it would be the fuel pump if it's in the tank. It could be a lot of things but sound like when my fuel pump went out on my excursion except we were 130miles from home.

Could be the alternator having gone out too and died once the battery ran out of juice.

The battery isn't out of juice. Wife left the headlights on while it was parked on the side of the road. Took about 30 minutes last night until I was able to get out to the pickup last night. When I got there, there was plenty of juice in the battery to crank over.


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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: MnJag] #7642730
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My bet is on pick up coil. New cap coil and rotor, I bet she runs again.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642734
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This is the first issue that's left me on the side of the road that I couldn't come up with a fix for; granted I didn't have much time or daylight to tinker around with it last night. Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions everyone! I'll try a couple of the quicker things maybe this evening, like tapping the tank with a rubber mallet and testing plugs, maybe try a shot of ether with lubricity in the air cleaner. I'll report back what I find out!


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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642747
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Fuel or spark if going down the road and just died.

Rule out battery/alternator if there's wasn't a noticeable dimming of lights prior to shut off and it will still turn over.

Gas, you should hear the pump kick on. You can also check to see if the lines are pressurized at the schrader valve on the fuel rail. Careful if the engine is hot.

If not fuel then you're looking at spark. Either at the distributor to the plug wires or out of time due to a jumped belt.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642774
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Icm or coil would be my first guess. Check spark on the easiest plug to pull.

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Since giving opinions are free. My guess is fuel pump.

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I had a '79 Ford pickup that would just suddenly die. Wait a bit and it would restart. Finally chased it down to the computer. When it got hot it would just cut off and the truck died.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642789
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Check the fuel filter underneath the cab along the inside of frame, could be plugged. Happened to my 89 GMC.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642793
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If you left your vehicle here along the road for the night you would have the gas stolen by a hole drilled in the gas tank and the catalytic converter removed!


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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642813
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Check the fuel first People do steal gas, And you wife away from the truck on the lake.

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I dont think an 87 chevy truck has a timing belt. Pretty sure its a chain.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642839
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Start with the basics. Check for spark, if it's got spark squirt some carb cleaner in and see if it'll start. If it starts, you have a fuel delivery issue and go from there.

Don't waste your money throwing parts at it hoping it'll fix it, take the time to diag it and replace what it needs.

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Check the fuel pump fuse and wiring before pulling the pump. 7-8 yr old pump, rebuild or new? Quality of replacement parts can be crap these days, Made in China?


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Originally Posted by BigBob
Check the fuel pump fuse and wiring before pulling the pump. 7-8 yr old pump, rebuild or new? Quality of replacement parts can be crap these days, Made in China?

I'll maybe have time to look at fuses tonight. Fuel pump was new when I replaced it 7-8 years ago. I don't remember where it was made. Likely bought off RockAuto or LMC Truck.


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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7642855
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I cant remember for sure, but chevy changed from a quadrajet carburater to a throttle body injector in 86 or 87. One thing I can tell you for sure, There was no timing belt on any chevys back then, and if it isn't a throttle body, it won't have a pump in the tank. Just saying!


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Originally Posted by lee steinmeyer
I cant remember for sure, but chevy changed from a quadrajet carburater to a throttle body injector in 86 or 87. One thing I can tell you for sure, There was no timing belt on any chevys back then, and if it isn't a throttle body, it won't have a pump in the tank. Just saying!

It's a throttle body. First year for the throttle body and last year of the squarebody style.


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First thing I'd try is unplugging the coolant temp. sensor on the intake manifold. If it's bad it will keep it from starting when warm. It will start cold. If it starts cold , then dies , try it .

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My vote is the fuel pump, i have changed many of them. Made a hole in the bed, I have a bed liner over it so that is not a problem. Could be electric but pump is my first choice wiht what we are given.......jk


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fuel pump or a short in the trailer lights "pig tail"

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Used too much when it was new.


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It is a Older Chevy…… I am going to go with timing chain.


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Originally Posted by doublesettrigger
fuel pump or a short in the trailer lights "pig tail"

How could a short in the trailer lights cause the engine to fail to start?


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Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: loosegoose] #7643082
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Originally Posted by loosegoose
Start with the basics. Check for spark, if it's got spark squirt some carb cleaner in and see if it'll start. If it starts, you have a fuel delivery issue and go from there.

Don't waste your money throwing parts at it hoping it'll fix it, take the time to diag it and replace what it needs.


Take this advice, it could be as simple as a electronic control module or coil, this would be my guess since it was running fine before quitting and then nothing.

Re: Pickup Died - Any Ideas? [Re: DakotaBoy] #7643169
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Originally Posted by DakotaBoy
Originally Posted by doublesettrigger
fuel pump or a short in the trailer lights "pig tail"

How could a short in the trailer lights cause the engine to fail to start?


Wondering the same thing…. When you figure it out let us know.

BTW I had a in tank fuel pump replaced and 3 days later again. It was a NAPA pump. Went to dealer and bought one and that was 9 or 10 years ago. 1999 GMC 3/4 4wd.


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I've had shorts in the trailer harness cause all sorts of weird issues. Backfeeding voltage can cause all sorts of weird stuff. One escalade I had with a shorted harness, would flash the reverse lights when you used the blinkers.

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mine was a electric control modular in the distributor cap.


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Like mindless said, My 87 chevy died one night going down the road, no lights, everything went out, went to junk yard and had to buy the hole distributor, just to get the module out, MAKE SURE TO PUT DIELECTRIC ON THE UNDERSIDE. plastic top & metal bottom.


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Originally Posted by minklessinpa
mine was a electric control modular in the distributor cap.

What happened to me on a 94 z71. Running then just quit. It was the ECM


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Check the air pressure in the tires. If its under 30 it won t run.


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Originally Posted by teal
My bet is timing belt…had this happen to a 1991 ford escort.

I've had two timing belts go out , the vehicles just quits. Best to not turn over, it happens without warning no sputter just dead.

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Electronic control module.

So, what is it?

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Originally Posted by DakotaBoy
Originally Posted by doublesettrigger
fuel pump or a short in the trailer lights "pig tail"

How could a short in the trailer lights cause the engine to fail to start?
All I can tell ye is that it happened to me on a 72 chevrolet pickup and also with a 86 Ford Ranger. The wiring was peeled and touching the back bumper and when I hit a rough spot it would kill the engine deader than a mackeral.

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Check it for spark .... If none, look at the HEI coil, wires fatigue over time. If has spark, fuel filter or pump.


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Plugged fuel filter will do just that.

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Originally Posted by Willy Firewood
Electronic control module.

So, what is it?

Haven't gotten around to looking at it yet. Had a busy weekend with a shooting match and family pictures. This week is packing and getting ready for a week-long trip to Glacier National Park. Will get to dive into it the week of the 22nd.


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Put in a new HEI control module in the distributor top, if that dont start it check the slow blow fusible link on firewall ,it will be somewhere close to the distributor. both will do your exact symptoms. plugs ,plug wires and fuel pump would gave some warning.

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I should add - the pickup died last week, Thursday night. My father-in-law and I headed out to pull it the 10 or so miles home last Friday evening. When we got to the pickup, I was able to start it up (heard the fuel pump kick in), and drive it about 8 or so miles before it died on me, just as it did to my wife. We pulled it the last couple of miles home. Turning the key to ACC, I heard the fuel pump kick in once. Turning the key off and back to ACC, the fuel pump did not kick in the second or third times. Will be digging more into it later this month.

On a side note, my wife's Traverse check engine light came on the other day. Stopped in to O'Reileys and had them scan it. P0496 I believe it was....evap. purge solenoid valve. $90 for the part and a socket set, and five minutes of my time seems to have fixed that issue. Sure is nice when they're that easy!


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Sounds like you got it narrowed down.

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Replaced the fuel filter last night. Let it run in the driveway for a bit. It eventually idled down and died. Going to look into the fuel pump relay one of these nights. Will give her a fresh oil change tonight.


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87 Chevy was still throttle body , put some gas , just and ounce or so not from the can but from small bottle down the intake back away and fire it up if it starts you have spark no fuel


my 86 f150 multi port fuel injected died abruptly , it had spark no fuel , but I had fuel pressure , finally found it the ground wire to the injectors had come un plugged put that ply back together and black taped it so it never cam undone again


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Get a fuel PSI gauge, I believe there is a schrader valve, check for fuel pressure. My money is on the Ignition Control Module under the distributor cap.

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Changed the oil and filter yesterday. Oil pressure gauge was reading about 12psi at idle before the change, now it's maybe at 14psi or so. To be frank, I never paid much attention to the oil pressure gauge as I've never had many issues with this pickup. Couldn't tell you for sure what it "normally" reads, but I vaguely remember about 15psi being the norm while going down the road. More to come in a couple of weeks, I guess.


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Your fuel pump may not run a second time right away, Wait a minute or so to try the second time.

With a throttle body, you can watch to see if its squirting fuel when it won't start.

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Told ya once , put a coolant temp sensor in ,it's on the intake manifold. It goes bad ,tells the control module it's hot. It will start cold ,die when it warms up .

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Originally Posted by Oleo Acres
Told ya once , put a coolant temp sensor in ,it's on the intake manifold. It goes bad ,tells the control module it's hot. It will start cold ,die when it warms up .

Haven't got there yet, but may well be on my way!


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