when i pulled over i tried to start it and it was acting almost like i was out of gas put gas in and still the same thing it wants to fire up but when i try it sputters and dies any ideas where to start. the check engine light came on after i was towed home and still the van won't start.
i was driving van when i turned from a light it started to sputter and died on 1997 Chevrolet Venture
by she76 in Williamstown, KY on December 29, 2011
ANSWER by patrick mannion on December 29, 2011
Check Engine light diagnosis may be the first place to start but will require a scan tool to retrieve codes stored in the computer of your car. It may be a fuel pump failure or power going to the fuel pump issue. Check for fuel pressure (you will need a fuel pressure gauge and look up the specified fuel pressure for your vehicle). Remove the fuel hose that goes to the fuel rail and get a friend to crank over the engine to see you have adequate fuel volume (you should have approximately 1 pint of gasoline in ten seconds of cranking). Off course take proper precautions as gasoline is highly flamable. Next "listen" to the fuel injector. Using a mechanic's stethoscope (or use a long screw driver placing the handle end up to your ear place the metal tip end of the screwdriver against the body of the fuel injector), get a friend to crank over the engine while you "listen" to the fuel injector listen to each injector at the same point of the injector body. You should hear "click, click, click" as the injector is electrically opened and closed by the computer. If the injector is not being triggered you will not have fuel getting into the engine's cylinders. Disconnect the electrical connector at the fuel injector with the ignition key in the "on" position, (next position after the accessory position) you should have 12 volts at one of the two wires at the injector. This true for most vehicles but you need to consult a workshop manual for your vehicle to see that this is true for your vehicle. When the engine is running the second wire at the injector gets (triggered) grounded by the computer in your vehicle many times a second controlling exactly when and how much fuel gets injected into the engine. If it's got fuel you need to check for spark.