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    Default HELP!!! Ignition Problem?? 99 Surburban 5.7

    I have a 99 GMC Suburban w/ a 5.7L engine that I have been having issues with trying to start. When I first try to start it, it cranks, but doesnt start. If I stop cranking it for a few seconds and turn it over again, it starts after a few cranks. Once it's started, a burnt smell comes into the passenger area from the vents (obviously from under the hood).
    Now, I went to start it the other day, and it wouldn't turn over at all. In fact, now it cranks for a second, totally stops (like there is no current) and then cranks again, all without letting off of the key. Unfortunately, I haven'e been able to get it started yet.

    Can anyone please give an idea what this sounds might be the problem?

    I did get a code a few months back of a multiple cylinder misfire if that helps...

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    Red Wing, Minnesota, United States


    I would stop strying to start it, you could have an exposed wire from the ignition within the steering column and that could be the burning smell, until you can figure it out i would not start it
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    Thanks...Is that common? Where would be the best place to start looking for that wire?

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    Red Wing, Minnesota, United States


    I know there are some other threads about this but if you remove the panel that sits by your knees under the steering column seems to be the place most talked about

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    Thanks...I will look for those other posts!

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    hi sounds like a bad ground or loose wire at the starter.check the ground cable at the battery.
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