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Average Mileage:
176,950 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace pump (8 reports)
1999 Chevrolet Silverado fuel system problems

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1999 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 042010

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Fuel pumps are a pain to have go out or have replaced. They are inside tank.

- Tim R., Duluth, MN, US

problem #7

Nov 242008

Silverado V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Driving down the road, with my kids & not in the most desirable section of town, the truck just quit running. No warning nothing! $75.00 towing charge, a lost day at work & a big repair bill

- Tim T., Pleasant Grove, AL, US

problem #6

Oct 212009

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

There is absolutely NO reason to go off on a rant about a failed fuel pump. Mine did fail and i was angry about the inconvenience it caused me. I am posting this to clarify that you should ONLY USE an OEM fuel pump if you don't want to have future problems with failed fuel pumps year after year. ALSO you should keep at least a quarter tank of gas because that is what actually cools your fuel pump.

There are cheaper pumps out there and they have high failure rates. I recommend if you don't have the 300+ bucks to spill for the OEM ac-delco/deplhi fuel pump, don't be pissed when your discount pump fails- it probably will. IMHO install a WALBRO performance aftermarket pump (~200 bucks) if you want to save money or the OEM pump and you'll have much lesser of a problem.

- Chris U., Fort Wayne, IN, US

problem #5

Dec 042009

Silverado V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 251,000 miles


Barely a year since I had the fuel pump replaced & the fuel pump goes out again! This time I am 2 hours 10 min from home. Another towing charge and enormous repair bill!

- Tim T., Pleasant Grove, AL, US

problem #4

Jan 272010

Silverado V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 253,000 miles

OK, here's my THIRD complaint I have filed because this is the THIRD fuel pump that has gone out in my truck. This is the THIRD fuel pump in 2 years! Come on people what is up with this? The fuel pump barely made it a month before it went out. The place that put the fuel pump in said they would replace the fuel pump but I still have to pay labor. So another towing bill and yet another repair bill! Oh yeah, the water pump is gone to so maybe I should just give the mechanic my wallet. Is there anyone else having this problem with their Silverado?

- Tim T., Pleasant Grove, AL, US

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problem #3

Sep 072008

Silverado 1500 Ls Extended Cab 5.3L (323ci)

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,152 miles

Ok. I have my truck back up and running. The problem was a blown fuse. A 20amp fuse for the ECM-B. When I changed the fuel pump, I did not disconnect the battery (suppose to). I bought an after market unit which required cutting the stock plug and splicing in an adapter. The installation was fine. I also needed a pressure seal ring due to the corrosion that mine has. Nobody in town had one. Not even the Chevrolet dealership. They said they do not carry that in their system. I ended up by salvaging the one that I have. But all in all, it was a PITA. Now I have brake issues.... Thats another story....

- bluez71, Sabattus, ME, US

problem #2

Sep 082008

Silverado 1500 Ls Extended Cab 5.3L (323ci)

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,152 miles

ok. I was driving along a back road in Maine (no cell service) at 55mph. As I approached a left curve in the road, my truck all of a sudden stops running. The battery light and all the bells and whistles came on. I pulled over onto the side of the road. I figured that I was out of fuel due to the springy fuel gauge. I always keep a 5 gal tank of gas in the back. I dumped that into the tank and tried to start it. Nothing. Not even a sound from the fuel pump. I thought that the fuel pump was gone sop I went out and spent 335.00 on a new one. I pulled the bed and replaced it. I go to start it and still nothing. I finally was able to get my hands on an OBD II reader. The scanner said that it was unable to communicate with the computer. So now I assume that the computer is bad. If anyone has any info on this, please tell me. My e-mail address is

Update from Oct 7, 2012: found out it was a fues..... burnned out the fuel sending unit.....

- bluez71, Sabattus, ME, US

problem #1

Dec 132006

(reported on)

Silverado V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

routine fuel pump failures. GM claims not worthy of recall because its not a safety issue i. e., fire/explosion. I haven't got the time to list the number of fuel pump problems with this vehicle but the first time someone is killed or seriously injured due to a fuel pump failure an attorney will have no problem finding potential plaintiffs for a class action lawsuit that will make the ford pinto lawsuit look like small claims stuff!

- Skip F., Simi Valley, CA, US

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