1998 Chevy Blazer 98 Blazer Hesitates on acceleration when

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1998 Chevy Blazer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 175000 miles

I have a 98 chevy blazer. I have been scouring automotive repair websites and have seen many blazers running into this problem. When the truck is cold it hesitates badly sometimes almost to the point of stalling out it seems but never quite gets there. I just had a full tuneup and have taken it into the shop 2 times already and the mechanic cannot figure out whats going on. As soon as it warms up (About half an hour of driving) it runs great. I just had my fuel pressure checked and it read at 55. The weird thing is that the computer is not throwing any codes at all, had it scanned twice. Cleaned the maf sensor and that didnt work, also had the Idle air control valve cleaned but not replaced, thinking about the coolant temp sensor but Im not sure if thats it. Please can someone clear this up for me once and for all!

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 7:08 PM

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Fuel pressure for your vehicle should be from 60-66 psi, anything less wont run properly. Does the pressure change when you rev the engine?

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 7:56 AM
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Im not sure if it changes on rev, but from what youre telling me it sounds like my fuel pump might be going bad? I just had my fuel filter replaced so that cant be it. Anything else to try before I start into my fuel pump?

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 2:52 PM
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Low pressure is the pump, if the filter has been changed. The pressure should increase a little on therev if the regulator is working right. I do suggest an A/C Delco pump though

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 3:14 PM
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Is there any kind of test I could do to make sure that my fuel pump is going out before I go spending the 300 dollars to buy a new one?

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 8:26 PM
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Basically if the pump doesnt put out the pressure and the filter is new, the pump is all that is left

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 9:13 PM
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Ok, so would this be something that a weekend warrior could do or would this be a shop only deal, because I know that the pump is in tank so. I wouldnt even know where to start.

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 9:32 PM
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Have to remove the fuel tank from the vehicle to get to it. Not too hard, but would need to be able to lift and support vehicle high enough to remove tank.

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 11:47 PM
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Is there any way to make sure that its not my injectors that are going bad rather than my fuel pump or are you pretty sure that the fuel pump is whats causing the problem? Its so weird because it runs good on the first gear shift when you first start it up and then after you start driving it for a minute it start accelerating roughly. It makes me wonder about the fuel pump because it never dies when accelerating, just pops like its not getting enough fuel. ERRRR UH ERRR UH UH UH ERRRRUH ERRRR. Thats how it accelerates if that makes sense to you. LOL

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Sunday, March 1st, 2009 AT 5:35 PM
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When the injectors start going bad you get single cylinder misfires, not necessarily lacking overall performance. It probably cant hang with the volume/pressure needed to run the engine, that is why it fades when you get going, lack of volume/pressure

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Sunday, March 1st, 2009 AT 7:45 PM
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Ok, last question for you. I have found some fuel pumps and they are around 200-300 dollars. Do I also need to replace my plastic tank or can I just replace the pump? I ony plan on having this car for 2 more years and I dont want to dump a bunch of money into it. I found this one for 75 dollars and I was wondering why it was so cheap.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 AT 3:57 PM
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I also have blazer doing same thing, just wanted to know if replacing fuel pump took care of the problem.

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Monday, September 21st, 2009 AT 3:35 PM
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HEEELLLPPP! I drive 24miles to work its my only vehicle and I have the same problem on my 98 blazer 4dr 4.3 6cyl vortec. I just had the fuel pump and filter replaced because my sending unit went so no gas gauge, and a slight loss of power accellerating so to be safe I replaced both. Well $550.00 later my gas gauge works, it starts no problem, starts to drive no problem yet when I step on the gas it bogs out can't tell if it's starving for fuel or choking from too much fuel not sure what brand of pump my garage used, they said drive it for awhile and see if it fixes itself. What should I do.

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