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Hello, I posted earlier in the summer with an issue with my car's fuel pump. I replaced the pump a the end of the summer, and it's run flawlessly until today. As I was going to leave the store, I got into my car turned the key. It did a poor, sputtering start then died. After that I couldn't get the car to start. I tried multiple times to no avail. I had some pressure at the fuel rail, but nothing great. I noticed I didn't hear the fuel pump come on, only a really loud click from the relay. I pounded on the tank, but the car still wouldn't start. Then on a last ditch effort, I opened up the rear fuse box, pulled fuse #25 (The fuel pump fuse) and plugged it back in. The car started right up, and still starts now. I drove it around a little bit ago, and it runs fine, but I've noticed the fuel pump relay making a really loud click. After I got the car started I drove it up a relatively good sized hill, and the car didn't lose any power whatsoever, unlike a failing fuel pump should. Even though I put a cheap fuel pump in, I'm wondering if I have an electrical problem with this car. The car has over 203,000 miles on it, I only payed 650 for it. I've dumped a bunch of money into it, and it has several issues such as a stuck thermostat, worn electronic power steering system, and failing/blocked catalytic converter. Plus the fuel tank is a royal son of a gun to take out because Chevy made the rear fuel tank strap bolts completely inaccessible. I'm in college (a couple hundred miles from home), and I am financially stable enough to purchase a used car right now. I've never taken a car to a shop because my Dad knows how to fix almost any mechanical system on a car, and if I take it to a mechanic I likely won't be able to afford another car anymore. I'm wondering if anybody would have any input on this issue, because I'm trying to figure if it's a viable option to dump more money into a car than I originally payed for it, or just sell it off, cut my losses, and buy something else. Any input is greatly appreciated.
 

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I have an LS V6 (newer style 2004), so it has a fuel filter right on the fuel pump. So when I put the new pump in it got a new filter as well. Considering the intermittent starting issue I had before the pump was put in, I'm starting to wonder if I do have an electrical issue. Plus the fuel level sensor was fried on the old pump as well. I'm up in northern Minnesota, and it's starting to drop below freezing at night, so I'm wondering if that could affect it.
 

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I need to replace the Catalytic Converter, so that involves taking out the Exhaust system. If I do that I might replace the fuel pump again with a Factory OEM pump.
 
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