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    Question Rough Running 97 burb

    I have a K1500 5.7l 4x4 suburban. The last week or so it's been idling rough, but smooths out once it warms up. Yesterday, it started rough and kept getting worse. Then my SES light started flashing. Not just on constant, but flashing. I shut it down to avoid any damage (hopefully). I should also mention that I replaced the thermostat about a month ago. I've been trying to get all the air out of the cooling system, but still get some gurgles in the overflow tank when I shut down. When the stat went bad, it got up to about 240 on the guage, but I shut it down as quick as I could. I'm hoping this is a fuel issue, but afraid it's more serious. Any thoughts?

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    Just checked fuel pressure. running 15-40psi. should be 60. guess I'll drop the tank and replace the pump and related parts.

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    Flashing light indicates a condition that will harm the cats. Rich fuel usually. When it flashes at you, you need to shut it down to avoid damage. gurgling back into the coolant overflow bottle is not good. That can indicate a blown head gasket. You should let it cool, drain the radiator to half and use a block tester to look for CO2 in the coolant. If the fluid stays blue in the block tester, you're good. If it turns yellow, you're going to be doing heads.
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    I sure hope you didn't blow a head gasket. That just isn't a fun way to spend you time and/or money. Maybe you'll luck out, and find out it's OK, but yeah... do a test on the heads soon.
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    Change out the fuel filter.

    Cheap item to test, if still running rough, your not out a lot of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejohnson03 View Post
    Change out the fuel filter.

    Cheap item to test, if still running rough, your not out a lot of money.
    I agree with this suggestion! A lot of us have seen a dramatic improvement with just a filter change. Cheap fix, quick to do, needs to be done every couple years, anyway!

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    In addition, I would hook a scanner up to it and see what codes the PCM has stored.
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    The running issue could be caused by a fuel filter, but that wouldn't make the coolant gurgle up into the overflow when he shuts the truck off.

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    Changed the filter. Still ran rough. Ended up changing the pump as well. Testing the fluid today for CO2. Fingers crossed....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99buckshot View Post
    Changed the filter. Still ran rough. Ended up changing the pump as well. Testing the fluid today for CO2. Fingers crossed....
    That is the right test. I would also do a compression and leakdown test. One or two cylinders are probably dead due to head gasket failure or warped cylinder head.
    Good luck!

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