2002 Sonoma. Fuel Pump Replacement?

Tiny
KGOSSWILLER
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I have a 2002 Sonnoma 4.3; on occasion it has been hard starting on a cold start and acts like it isn't getting gas. After a couple of minutes it starts and runs fine. That is until this morning.

A little starting fluid gets to start very briefly. I am assuming the fuel pump went out. I am interested if anyone has other ideas and is it better to drop the gas tank or remove the bed for replacement?
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Sunday, November 5th, 2006 AT 8:49 AM

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Tiny
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Dear Kgrosswiller,
I have never replaced a a fuel pump on this particular car but I have change a few. It is my experience the way to go about it is to drop the tank to change the pump. One suggestion before you decided to tackle this job (not hard but alot of work) make sure the fuel pump is bad. I don't know your level of experence or the availablility to tools but here are some things to check first. Check to see if the pump is running by turning the key to the on postion and listen to see if you can hear if the pump is running. ( You will hear it humming for few seconds and then stop) If you can't hear it running check the fuel pump fuse to see if it is blown. And at last, check the fuel pump relay and see if it is operating. This is probably located under the hood. If you have someone turn the key to the on postion and place a finger on the relay you should be able to feel and hear it click. If you have a fuel pressure tester you an hook it up and see if the is enough pressure to run the car.
Good luck Backyardmechanic :)
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Thursday, November 9th, 2006 AT 1:47 PM
Tiny
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IT'S EASIER IF U LIFT THE TRUCK BED, THERE IS 8 18MM BOLTS & THE TORQS FOR THE FUEL NECK, WILL TAKE TWO PEOPLE TO LIFT THE BED TIP IT TOWARD THE REAR & STICK A ROD TO HOLD IT UP WHILE U CHANGE THE PUMP. 12 YEAR GM TECH TRUST ME IT WORKS
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Monday, November 20th, 2006 AT 9:57 PM

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