1998 Chevrolet Truck Repair Question
Your engine needs four things to start/run:
4) control system (computer/sensors)
Now, you said there's "no fire". I'm assuming you mean there's no spark? But you go on to say it tries to run on starter fluid. But if this is so, then you do have spark because the starter fluid still needs to be ignited just like gasoline.
You should have the computer scanned to see if there's any codes. Also, use a spark checker to confirm there's spark at all cylinders and that the ignition timing is set properly (coils and wires routed correctly). Then (since you've said there's fuel pressure), make sure the injectors are firing and that they are actually spraying fuel (maybe a blockage). If you in fact do have both spark and fuel, then check cylinder compression (valve timing/timing chain). And finally, check that the computer is sending the right signals to both the ignition and fuel system. (that the plugs and injectors are firing when they're supposed to)
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