The Fuel Pump May Fail Causing the Engine to Stall or Crank Over But Not Start on Chevrolet Astro

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians recommend replacing the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to help prevent undue strain on the fuel pump.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 111,097 (10,000–200,000)
Engine affected: 4.3L V6
15 model years affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, more1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
37 people reported this problem
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I have a 1992 Chevy Astro Van. I drove it and when I parked it, and attepted to start it, it just kept grinding away. No start.
I had it towed to myhouse,tried again and it sarted!1
I took it to a shop and they kept it for 4 days. I paid the $480.00 charge for a “new relay switch” drove to van to the garage door parking lot entrance and the van quit, would not start!! The mechanic came out and told me to wait in their waiting room, I did, they came back about 20 minutes later and told me this” The van will start now. If it quits again, count to 45 and attempt to start it again. “ Icould not believe my ears, this after paying them $480.00 to fix the problem. I was so mad that I drove the van away (it started) . Their repair slip stated that they would only continue to work on the van “ if I had it professionally towed back to their shop”
Any ideas about this would be greatly appreciated. The van has 99770 original miles, a new battery, a new relay switch.
Al Costa
I was driving on the interstate and she just stopped running. I coasted to the side of the highway and awaited my husband's arrival. A Road Ranger stopped and attempted to get her started, but the battery faded from his numerous attempts. We towed her home and haven't fixed it yet. More details will be posted once the repairs are completed.
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.