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A False Start: What to Do with a Chevrolet Express 1500 Van That Starts then Dies Randomly
The identical twin (mechanically speaking) of the GMC Savana, the Chevrolet Express series (of which the Chevrolet Express 1500 van in included) is a full-sized van from GM that replaced the GMC Vandura and Chevrolet Van in 1996. In the U.S., the Savana and the Express hold a 44.8 percent slice of the full-sized van market. After 2003, the Chevrolet Express updated its front-end sheet metal similar to GM SUVs and trucks at the time then fitted with LS engines. In regards to the Chevrolet Express 1500 van starts, then dies randomly issue, there are times when as soon as you start the van, it dies or stalls immediately.
Symptoms and Indicators of the Issue
Here\'s the typical scenario when it comes to the Chevy Express and its startup problems. There are certain vans of this model that are hard to start and you have to rev them up multiple times to get them to start, especially if they have a lot of mileage in them. This is especially problematic when you\'re in a hurry because it dies too often and you have to be careful in your startup to get it running and keep it running once this problem begins to crop up.
When your Chevrolet Express 1500 van starts, then dies randomly it\'s particularly frustrating if you\'re late and you want to go to somewhere immediately. Paranoia might set in for you because the problem only happens during initial startup and in a mostly random fashion (particularly when it sits in your garage overnight). The average mileage when this complication occurs, meanwhile, is at 25,000 miles.
Possible Causes and Origins for the False Start
Your dealer might claim that it\'s the fuel pump that\'s giving you the problem, but save your money because it\'s more likely the battery post is shorting. Other dealerships might even advise you to buy another van altogether. Other potential reasons why startup is hard and it dies almost immediately after you turn it on include a fault security system. The engine dies because it might decide randomly that your vehicle is stolen, thus the fuel injectors are disabled when you need them the most.
If the security light on the dash is lighting up, then it\'s probably your security system that\'s faulty. In some cases, the key or key ignition on the cylinder might be so worn out that the internal computer of your van might believe you\'re trying to steal your own vehicle, resulting in the aforementioned fuel injector cut off every start up.
Addressing the Problem Head-On
In regards to fixing the issue where your Chevrolet Express 1500 van starts, then dies randomly, here\'s what you should expect. The typical repair cost for this is about $3,000. What should be fixed, replaced, reset, or recalibrated depends on the cause of the engine dying right after startup. It could be the fuel pump, the battery post shorting out, or your security system acting up in error, thinking that yours is a stolen vehicle.
Have a topnotch mechanic take a look at it, because you might end up fixing a lot of parts on your van, including three integrated circuits and getting the van\'s computer recalibrated several times (in an intricate process that lasts four hours every time). That\'s the worse-case scenario, though. Sometimes, fixing this is as easy as getting a new key, using a backup key, or installing a new ignition key, new key cylinder, and new key cut from your dealership.