1997 Chevy Tahoe air in fuel line

Engine Performance problem
1997 Chevy Tahoe V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic

After the car sits its hard starting. Putting a fuel pressure gage on the in line valve it builds 50 lbs of pressure buy turning on the key switch 3 or 4 time with air only. If you drain the gage and turn the key back on after 3-4 times fuel will come up the line and fill the gage with fuel instead of air. After that the engines starts and runs like a champ until it sits over night again. Why is the fuel line draining all the fuel back to the tank. Is there a check valve not holding some where?
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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 AT 10:37 AM

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A fuel pressure gauge measures fuel (gas) or (diesel) or any type of liquid. It does not measure air. The "in line valve" is called a schrader valve. This valve can be used to inject air or liquid -- or (in this case) it can be a devise that allows testing on a pressureized system.I think you are mistaken when you say that air is being measured. If it is then there is fuel leaking somewhere -- you'll be able to smell it.
Anyway -- when you install the pressure gauge and turn the key on, the pressure should come up (we will talk about how much pressure in a moment). When you turn the key off the pressure should remain steady for a few minutes - and then slowly go down. If the pressure is going down quickly and obviously - then the fuel pressure regulator is bad or worse - leaking.
The fuel pressure should be at least 53 PSI up to 65 PSI -- 55 to 63 PSI if perfect. 50 PSI is kind of low. I know that it doesn't seem like much, but these intake systems are very sensitive to fuel pressure. Low fuel pressure could be a blocked fuel filter - leaking pressure regulator - or a failing fuel pump.
The only way air gets into the fuel system is by a leaking fuel line or o-ring - or - you run the gas tank dry. There should never be air in any fuel injecton system.
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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 AT 11:59 PM

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