Engine Dies and Then Starts Right Back Up

1996 Chevy Blazer. 6 cylinder engine.
While driving on the highway my Chevrolet Blazers engine just shut off. I pull over, wait a minute, then start the engine and continue down the highway again. A minute later the engine shuts off again. This happens 7 or 8 times. Everything is fine for a week then it did it again. Why is the engine shutting off?

No warning lights come on and all the gauges are normal. I got the garage to scan computer and they said no codes were coming up. So the blazer starts fine and runs fine just shuts off whenever it feels like without warning. Any suggestions?

Answer: This could be a problem of a failing fuel pump. This is pretty common on this truck. Normally this would cause the truck to sort of stumble before it stalls. If it just instantly shuts off like you are turning the key off, then it may be a problem in the ignition switch in the steering column, or an ignition control module. It may be hard to find, especially if it starts right back up. Would need to have a fuel pressure gauge on the engine and watch to see if it drops as it stalls, and if it it is low when trying to restart- and it won't. Pressure needs to be at least 55 PSI.

You can also try tapping on the ignition switch to see if you can cause it to stall. The lower steering column cover would need to come off to the access the switch.

S-10 Cranks Wont Start

1992 S-10 Pickup V6 4.3 4WD Vortec V6. GM Computer codes = no
Got new battery installed.
Truck ran fine never had problem until now truck cranks fine and strong also fuel pump starts for 2-3 seconds then turns off left for 2 days came back would not start. Was hot humid and raining out but never a problem before with starting when left truck without running before thank you.


Answer: The fuel pump should run for 2-3 seconds with the key in the ON position, not cranking. It should run constantly while cranking. Need to have fuel pressure checked. Even though the pumps runs, does not mean the pressure is high enough.
Wet weather can cause a no start problem if the distributor cap, rotor, ignition coil or coil wire, or spark plug wires are faulty. The spark will jump around and cause it to not start. The cap and rotor are most common, although the coil and coil wire will do the Same. You can try and spray water from a spray bottle on these items when it is running to see if it starts misfiring or you may even see the spark jump out of the coil or coil wire. But just inspect them first to see if they are corroded.

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  • Guest - Kenneth Kucken

    I had the same thing. It was the power brake booster.

  • Guest - Abarm

    I have a Chevy blazer when I turn on the truck stay on for like 2 minutes and slowly start turning off

  • Guest - wesley

    I have a 1999 dodge ram 1500 5.9 v-8 it dies and i have to keep my foot on the gas to keep it going.

  • Guest - Dakota

    My 2002 Chevy s10 zr2 Jultz and shuts off when I turn my steering wheel while driving and going in reverse and jultz while I’m driving after a while but not constantly

  • Guest - Steve Thorp

    Why does my 2001 GMC Jimmy start to stall when I begin to slow down then when I come to a complete stop it will die but does start back up

  • Guest - Angel

    98 sonoma keeps tuning off while driving but turns back on when I turn the key some time once or some times a few any ideas

  • Guest - Chris

    99 silver rodo cut on and shuts right off starts up shuts right off put new fuel pump and filter can someone help

  • Guest - Jason

    I got a problem with my 2001 blazer it takes 3 times then it cranks up an run good it's just in the morning an in the evening it's like when the motor is cool it takes at least 3 times an cranks up idk what the problem is I'm thinking it's the spider injectors

  • Guest - Bill

    In reply to: Guest - Jason

    You need a fuel pump. This engine will not start unless you have at least 55 PSI fuel pressure, Even 2 lbs. less and it will not start. 3 times cranking it up causes the fuel pressure to rise enough, then it is fie all day. You need a fuel pump.

  • Guest - james north

    I have 03 s 10 stops running on got day on free way ten min later starts up changed file pump changege coilpacks wires and plugs still does it only on got days. What can it be thank you

  • Guest - Randy

    My 2002 S10 shuts of while running and restarts itself no codes

  • Guest - SS

    In reply to: Guest - Randy

    Randy- Same and no codes found. I have check the ground and Charging System. Alt and Battery are good. 13.8-14.5 range. No lose of power or other signs. It is like you turned the key off and re-energized it.
    Engine dies and 2 sec back on and normal. 4.3L S10 LS. Slow rebuild and work truck. Any luck with this issue?

  • Guest - Tom

    In reply to: Guest - Randy

    Did u ever find the problem

  • Guest - Randy

    My 02 S 10 stops while running and restarts itself the engine is stumbled and rocks before it shut off no codes

  • Guest - Rabbit

    Y 92 Chevy dies while driving but starts back when I crank it

  • Guest - Danny

    My s10 blazer goes dead when driving with headlights on but will crank right back up just can't run headlights or it kills the motor

  • Guest - Tom

    In reply to: Guest - Danny

    Sounds like you have a ground problem. Check all the ground wires to the motor and to the body under the hood.

  • Guest - Danny

    back up just can't run headlights or it kills the motor could it be a sensor problemo what do you think .

  • Guest - Shanon

    Gmc jimmy 4.3 will sometimes die while driving in highway when i let off the accelorater pedal.

  • Guest - kim

    my 95 blazer when coming to a stop and braking it idles high and rough sounding and it sputters and will clink and clank as stoppung and almost dies no engine light on what could be causing this.

  • Guest - Bill

    In reply to: Guest - kim

    Your engine may have a vacuum leak. That will cause idle problems.

  • Guest - James

    Replaced RF wheel bearing from growling noise. Noise better, but still occasional clicking and snagging. Today I thought it was locking up, it snagged so bad. What is causing it

  • Guest - Ella

    My elcamino miss a couple of times then shut off wait couple of min and it restarts what is it

  • Guest - Ella

    My 78 elcamino runs great when it's cold. Then it will miss a couple of times and shut down. After a couple of minutes it will restart

  • Guest - Chris

    It dies within 15 sec of u driving but i can put it in nuteral and turn the switch off thw crank it rite back up but it does the same stuff over and over

  • Guest - Kenneth

    I have a s-10 2.2 motor. If the weather is above 73 and I sit at a red light , when I take off the motor dies but the fuel tank has to be at half full or less. The motor will start right back up however it will die again . I have noticed that if I fill the tank up with fuel to full it doesn't die and if I let the motor cool down it does not die . I have changed the computer the anti theft system the fuel pump and I still have this problem . Can anyone figure out what could cause this issue ? My email is. Williskenlc@aol.com. Please respond if you know what could be the problem. They cannot figure it out because it starts right back up . I'm at my wits end on this issue & need help. Thank you

  • Guest - Clayton thomas

    I got a 95 gmc surburban 1500 sle and it smells like it flooding and it runs rough and just dies sometimes and start right back up

  • Guest - Bill

    In reply to: Guest - Clayton thomas

    If it smells like raw gas and stalls out, then this could be a leaking fuel pressure regulator. That will make the engine run extremely rich.

  • Guest - Jeff

    My engine light was on and then it went off then came back on

  • Guest - Tony

    2002 tahoe start and run but keeps turning off and starting right back up

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