Chev. 2001 1500 Surburban fuel pump


Old 02-01-08, 08:23 AM
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Chev. 2001 1500 Surburban fuel pump

I have a 2001 Surburban which i use on company business and it start to act like it is starving for fuel. I had to feather the gas pedal in order to get it going and if i pressed to hard on te gas it would start skipping and sputing, the RPM would start dropping and I could never get it past 2000 rpm. I have 300,000 miles on this vehicle. Other then that it drives like a dream and i would like to keep it. Local dealer said it would cost $900.00 to replace fuel pump. Is that to high and could I do it myself.
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Old 02-01-08, 08:35 AM
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I would make sure it's the pump. Replace the filter first and check the fuel pressure at the rail. It could also be the pressure regulator.

If it comes down to the fuel pump and you're mechanically handy, I wouldn't hesitate to replace it yourself.

Hope this helps,

Old 02-01-08, 10:36 AM
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And a decent independent could probably do it for about half that.
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Check the oil pressure gauge and fuel pump relay, since low oil pressure will shut down the fuel pump, and the fuel pump relay could be bad.
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Does anyone happen to know, for the guy, if there is any kind of access panel in the floor of that Suburban, to get at the fuel pump? - or no?
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No access panel, need to drop the tank. You definately need to have the fuel pressure checked with a gage before putting a pump in. I wouldn't be suprised if the fuel pressure regulator began leaking and damaged the catalytic convertors. If fuel pressure checks fine, you may want to get the exhaust checked with a pressure gage to see if the convertors are plugged. You can also pull the vacuum line off the fuel pressure regulator and see if there is any wet fuel in the hose/nipple of the regulator. We've seen them leak and not affect fuel pressure readings. Raw fuel into the exhaust equals destroyed catalytic convertors. Let us know how it goes.
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As others said. Make sure it is the pump.
If still unsure and your vehicle has not had a pump in it for a long time then I would drop one in. They go quite often.
As for the price??
Last I put one in I think I paid about $90-$120 for a aftermarket pump.
If you were here in my town I would put it in for you for about $100 plus the price of the pump.
To me $900 is high
I recommend shopping around

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