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    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post
    Distributor shaft may have broken. Pull your distributor cap and while someone is cranking the motor, you watch to see if the rotor is spinning. If not, you've found the problem. If it is spinning, good luck locating the issue.
    I may be completely wrong...But I don't believe his truck has a distributor or cap. On the same Idea, it does have trigger(don't know the actual name) wires from the computer and a sensor to tell it to "trigger", on the Cam, crank or maybe even both(not sure without looking into it). Same idea though, they just took some of the mechanical stuff out for electronics.

    Here's a funny one for ya...I bought a 98 diesel truck. dodge with a 12 valve cummins. I've never owned one and I'm still learning more about diesels. I had a friend with me. We got in, I turned the key to wait, my friend asked"what are you doing?" I said, waiting for the glow plugs to heat up.". He said, "This truck doesn't have glow plugs!" while he laughs at me. "Oh, ....ok!" I was use to all the trucks at where I worked, you had to turn the key and wait for the glow plugs to heat up before starting the motors.
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    Well,being an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician(cough cough...a-HEM!) I kinda have to jump in here. It’s an unfortunate part of today’s world, but it is COMPLETELY possible to get a “bad” or non-functional brand new part. It doesn’t happen every day but it happens more than you’d think.
    FIRSTLY...GM trucks of this vintage are notorious for fuel pumps croaking. You have to check for fuel pressure to make sure it is sufficient. IF you had to re-wire the connector at the pump, which is very common, you have to double check and make sure it works correctly by running the fuel pressure test. Report back when this is done with the result.
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    Also check the neutral safety switch. How about try starting in neutral?
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    Keep in mind the OP said “it just quit”. When diagnosing anything,”when” or “under what condition” the problem happened must be determined. “It just quit” says to me that the truck was already running....taking any “crank to start” issue of any kind off the table.

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    The only reason I suggested the distributor, is my Jeep just quit running while driving home from work one day. No stutter, no warning, just died. It was a broken distributor shaft. I looked to see if this model has a distributor before posting the suggestion. It doesn't look like the "old" distributors, but apparently has one with rotor. Shade tree mechanic here. A lot of good suggestions. Good luck.
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    My 2008 Silverado died a week ago. Required a new fuel pump control module.
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    Sorry, Iím on a fixed income.

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    Thank you all for your helpful advise, I will check into them all. I just wish working on these newer vehicles were as easy as working on my 62 Chevy step-side. At least you could almost crawl inside the engine bay and work on a part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post
    The only reason I suggested the distributor, is my Jeep just quit running while driving home from work one day. No stutter, no warning, just died. It was a broken distributor shaft. I looked to see if this model has a distributor before posting the suggestion. It doesn't look like the "old" distributors, but apparently has one with rotor. Shade tree mechanic here. A lot of good suggestions. Good luck.
    Yep, I was wrong...I just looked it up quickly and I do see a distributor and cap for a 2000 5.3L. I worked on a fleet of these type trucks for a few years and couldn't remember that(mostly the V6 motor). I still would have bet that it didn't have one, or a cam sensor in it's place......I guess I should look things up before guessing at things. haha I also thought he said it had the individual coil packs, but when I looked back in the thread I see that he didn't know, I got that mixed up too...
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    Oh, Oh, Oh! Those also have a neutral position safety switch than will prevent them from starting. Try putting in neutral and try starting it. I now have an ODBII sensor testor and generally take my cars to a trusted mechanic anymore. You can waste a lot of time doing it yourself these days. I DID replace the heater door actuator on my 2011 Impala. Had to be a snake to get under the dash, but I did it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by old digger View Post
    Thank you all for your helpful advise, I will check into them all. I just wish working on these newer vehicles were as easy as working on my 62 Chevy step-side. At least you could almost crawl inside the engine bay and work on a part.
    Your 2000 and 62 have the exact same things that make the engine run...fuel/air ratio,ignition source,compression...HOW those factors are managed have changed. This is where a really good auto tech is worth their keep,because the person has the equipment to TEST AND VERIFY which of those systems is working correctly...or not.

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    They started losing me when they started putting motors in sideways. Some things just ain't right.

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    You'll become a decent mechanic owning older chevys like that. They are pretty much done at that point in their life and wont ever be dependable again and riddled with problems.
    Best thing you can do if you want to drive old cars is to go with Toyota or Subaru and keep the old 2000 Chevy for a project truck. Unfortunately the **** have us beat on most things mechanical, engines, motorcycles, theres nothing that will compete and the jap stuff is usually cheaper now and lasts forever almost.
    I stopped driving American junk when I learned that and now it's nothing to get 300k+ out of a jap car with little problems over the years, simple to work on and cheap.
    You'll replace suspension components on a jap car long before you ever wear our major engine parts.
    It's another option and one that can save ya big $$ over the years!

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    I have no complaints with my 2013 patriot whatsoever.Bought it with 27k miles,has 81k on it now.I haven't done anything to it except regular maintenance.

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    I'm not much of a mechanic. Therefore you'll need to acquire a 1966 pickup....
    Seriously though , to give you something to do after kicking the right front tire and the problem still existing here's an idea...

    https://easyautodiagnostics.com/gm/4...test-the-icm-1
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    When i said in my earlier post that you may have a bad crank sensor I meant the new one you bought may be bad. I work for a parts place and have seen new sensors come back because they were bad. If you are not getting spark I don't think it would be the coils. I have never seen all 8 go bad at once.
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    My wife does all the driving, I just hold the steering wheel.

 

 
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