GM Truck Club
Founded in 2004 ~ We're the #1 Chevy Truck & SUV Forum.
Silverado & Sierra | Tahoe & Yukon | Suburban & Yukon XL | SUV & CROSSOVER
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1

    Question Fuel Pump Problems- Help please?

    I have a 1996 K1500. My buddy and I dropped my fuel tank last week to replace a brake line that had rusted thorugh which was on the framerail next to the tank. Had no problems, but when I went to put the tank back in, the fuel pump won't run. I've looked at wiring diagrams where it shows a gray, purple, and black w/ white wire. The black w/ white obviously grounds in the diagrams, but I have a fourth wire that runs from the fuel pump harness to the frame rail and grounds. I assume this is not OEM, because I had a fuel pump put in about a year and a half ago. The 3 main wires (purp, gry, blk w/wht) all run through a connector and run to the engine bay in the frame rail conduit. I have power at the purple wire and also a good ground on the frame rail. I really miss my truck and need to get it running. Any ideas? Parts for Chevy

  2. #2
    Jr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Los Angeles, CA


    That ground is OE, and it's how your fuel pump grounds!! Your fuel pump will not work with it disconnected!! connect that to the frame and see if she'll run!!
    Hope this helps
    '88 Jimmy 4X4
    5.3l L59/ 4L60E Tuned by Tad
    4" Lift 33" BFG. Custom Brush Guard, KCs, outside spare, Oil pan guard etc.

  3. #3


    I do still have it connected to the frame and I made sure to check it to see if it was a good ground and it was. Thanks anyway. Any other ideas?

  4. #4
    Legend unplugged's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    High Deserts of SoCal


    The fuel pump runs on a closed loop system and requires return pressure to operate. Are you trying to run the pump without the fuel lines connected?
    There is no way to happiness....happiness is the way.:yipi:  _vXMYypuKMJFw671uF2ZPhjez_j-atRmcjM2zQKpQi1JSsB75/burb1.JPG
    High Desert SoCal
    93 K1500 burb (personal) 350 AT 3" Lift 250K+
    02 Honda Civic LX
    Looking for a 1990's Miata for an engine swap

  5. #5


    you can hold the wire to the frame (clean unpainted metal and have someone turn the key and the pump should try and prime if all the connections are correct. if you migh have tugged the connections inside the tank and need to open and reconnect, but to verify this us a jumper battery or some long wires from the battery and goto the connector for the tank and see if it runs......i seen the connector that goes thur the tank go bad. if it is this part it is no longer avalable from chevy. i just soldered the wires and used heat shrink and then a rubber grommet and some silicon on both side of the plate and all been fine.....that was fixed 3 years ago..........mike
    Michael Collins
    1993 4X4 Suburban
    many other toys as well

Similar Threads

  1. ignition and fuel pump problems
    By nhb1978 in forum Chevy C/K Truck Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last: 02-28-2009, 07:55 PM
  2. Fuel pump problems
    By tgibson12 in forum Performance & Fuel
    Replies: 4
    Last: 07-20-2008, 11:45 AM
  3. Fuel pump problems
    By tgibson12 in forum Chevy C/K Truck Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last: 07-18-2008, 01:52 AM
  4. Fuel Pump Problems? [Expired Topic]
    By Gina in forum Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)
    Replies: 3
    Last: 10-20-2006, 08:28 PM
  5. 98 Tahoe Fuel Pump Problems
    By petey in forum Chevy Tahoe Forum (GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade)
    Replies: 2
    Last: 10-21-2005, 03:29 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts