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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:46 pm    Post subject: Is my fuel pump bad? Reply with quote

I ran my van out of gas and after putting in 10 gallons I had a hard time starting it. Finally got it started after tapping on the fuel pump. It ran about 5 minutes then died. It won't start again and I can't get the fuel pump to run. It is normal after running out of fuel that the pump burns up sometimes?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an idea, add more fuel
I recently replaced my fuel pump, I drained the old fuel and added 10 gals of new fuel, when it came time to attach the fuel line from the tank to the pump, nothing came out., I had to pressurize the tank with compressed air, then it started to flow
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your van doesn't have a filter located before the pump, then running the take dry may of allowed crud to make its way into the pump and jam it. That's why the tapping worked temporarily by dislodging the crud.
Pull the lines off the pump and try flushing it out.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys I will try to remove the pump and clean it. I will also change the fuel filter. The filter is after the pump. Should I relocate the filter before the pump. That seems like it would make more sense to protect everything in the system.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No late model vans have a filter before the pump. They did away with them in the early models.
Have you checked the two wires that are attached to the fuel pump? If they are broken and making intermittant contact or corroded that might be your problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you have sucked some crud into the pump.

I had a Bosch Filter after the pump. I then added the pre-pump little white box filter as well when I installed a new pump. Two filters are better then one Smile

Good luck with flushing it out.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BC Westie wrote:
...I then added the pre-pump little white box filter as well when I installed a new pump. Two filters are better then one...
...until you clog that cube & have cavitation/pump starvation...just replace both filters every year & you'll be fine...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: I went to my friends house where my van was and tried to start it with no luck. I tapped on the fuel pump and disconnected the fuel line at the fuel tank and reconnected it. Tried to start the van and it started right up. Drove it home 20 miles with no problems. My advise don't run these vans out of gas. What a pain in the ass.
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