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 Install the fuel pump now or wait till she quits on me?

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Tomz9C1

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PostSubject: Install the fuel pump now or wait till she quits on me?   Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:48 pm

What do you guys think? I'm thinkin, let's be proactive and drop the tank, but want everyones input. I don't want to be cruzin down I-81 and it quit on me.
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PostSubject: Re: Install the fuel pump now or wait till she quits on me?   Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:45 am

Mine quit on me 3 times in a week and I knew it was time. I'd say if it has already started to be an issue just get it done before the cold weather hits. It sucks working under a car in the winter.

On a side note my issue as was the case with some other people was the wiring. It makes me wonder if we could just replace the harness and still use the same pump. I know replacing the pump but not the harness doesn't fix the problem, so it would make sense that the issue isn't a dead pump but a bad connection. We're treating it like a case of replacing the alternator every time a battery cable gets a bad connection. Probably a silly idea but it would be nice to save all that money every time we have pump issues.
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PostSubject: Re: Install the fuel pump now or wait till she quits on me?   Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:55 am

In my case the wiring looked fine so I think the pump dies a slow reasonably predictable death.
I didnt have any driving problems with mine it showed up as starting problems.
I 2nd the dont wait for winter statement above
IMO DONT wait til it strands you unless you need time alone
...at a gas pump
...in front of a convenience store
...at work
...in a customers parking lot
...any of those places where you pulled in but then couldnt start back up

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PostSubject: Re: Install the fuel pump now or wait till she quits on me?   Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:24 pm

Often, the wirng corosion is onthe part of the pump that you can't see... inside the tank. Mine tried to give up the ghost last year on the B-body roundup in rural NH. I got mine to get me home to Maine, but when I changed it, the wiring inside the tank had no insulation on it!!!

Changing the pump isn't that bad in dry, warm weather and your tank is mostly empty.

I'd say change it before it bites you in the butt.

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