Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Astro Replace Fuel Filter Every 30,000 to Prevent Fuel Pump Failure
Chevrolet Astro Problem
Engine Affected: 4.3L V6
Average Mileage: 102,940 mi (20,700 mi - 175,000 mi)
Visitor, 2000 Chevrolet Astro, 175,000 mi
Fuel Pump stopped working. Car stalled and wouldn't start again. Mom was on an off-ramp from the interstate when it stalled. When you turned the key there was no familiar fuel pump hum. Pulled out the relay, checked for power there, then jumped it to manually run the fuel pump. Still nothing. Having had several of these in the family, from 1989 through 2001, and all their fuel pumps went out between 135,000 and 175,000 we assumed (correctly)that the pump had gone bad rather than a wire or connection to it. Replaced the fuel pump with a new one. Big job, but it's usually just once in the life of a vehicle for us. Worked beautifully.
We have had the fuel pump replaced @ least 3 times during first 100,000 miles.