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Not gettin fuel through to be able to start

Had contaminated tank took off the tank cleaned it all put on new fuel filter re connected everything but still wont start i know the fuel pump is workin and everything is perging but no petrol is comin through

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  • vfr400rrnc30 Nov 21, 2008

    sorry nothin is perging although you can hear noises under the bonnet can anybody help


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You might have clogged fuel injectors I have had the same problem

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How do you replace the fuel pump on a 2001 camaro

Camaro, Firebird, 1999 - 2002 Repair Guide
Fuel Pump - Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  3. Drain the fuel tank.
  4. Clean the area surrounding the sender assembly to prevent contamination of the fuel system.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
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    Fig. Fuel sender/pump assembly component identification
To install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE The fuel pump strainer must be in a horizontal position and must not block the float arm travel.
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  2. Fold the strainer over itself and slowly position the sending assembly in the tank so the strainer is not damaged or trapped by the sump walls.
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  3. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position for 2 seconds, OFF for 10 seconds, then back to the ON position. Check for fuel leaks.

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  1. Relieve the fuel system pressure. For details regarding this procedure, please refer to Section 5 of this manual.
  2. If not done already, disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4. Clean both fuel feed pipe connections and the surrounding areas at the in-line fuel filter with a clean rag to avoid possible contamination of the fuel system.
  5. Using a backup wrench, remove the fuel line fittings from the fuel filter.
  6. Either separate the quick-connect fittings or remove the fuel filter mounting screws, then slide the fuel filter out of the mounting bracket.
  7. Discard the fuel line O-rings and replace with new ones during installation.
To install:
  1. Install new O-rings to the fuel line fittings.
  2. Connect the fuel lines to the fuel filter.
  3. Position the filter in the mounting bracket, in the same position it was during removal. Using a backup wrench, tighten the fuel lines to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  4. Install the fuel filter mounting screws.
  5. Carefully lower the vehicle. Install or tighten the fuel filler cap.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
  7. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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Unfasten the retaining bracket can make removal of the fuel filter easier

Either use a clean rag or compressed air to clean the surrounding areas of the filter

Use a backup wrench to disconnect the fuel line fittings from the filter

Disengage the quick-connect fittings, then remove the filter from the vehicle

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It sits in front of the fuel tank.

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Well, I came up empty handed in my attempts to get detailed tech information on the 2.5 turbo-diesel, but I do have some ideas based on my general diesel experience and from your description of the problem.

Diesel fuel is VERY prone to pick up contaminants and especially water... most diesel configurations have some sophisticated filter systems to help deal with this... but good maintenance calls for the occassional adding of a can of diesel fuel conditioner to the tank, to help remove water and contaminants. In severe cases, the entire fuel system has to be torn down and cleaned, including draining and flushing of the fuel tank... and ALL filters should be changed.

Since they force flushed diesel through the system and got you running again, I am inclined to believe you have a dirty fuel problem. I would recommend they again flush your system, but also drain and flush clean the fuel tank AND change the filters... Have them capture some of the old fuel from the tank in a quart glass jar, and have someone examine it for evidence of contamination... water will separate and collect at the bottom (unfortunately, water does not separate from diesel as well as it does gasoline... that's why fuel contamination is such aproblem!)

And since the problem didn't come back until you refueled, I'd make sure the new diesel fuel you get be checked BEFORE you put it in the tank!!!

Finally, get in the habit of adding fuel conditioner periodically to help keep this problem from coming back too soon. Ask one of your mechanics about that, or collar a truck driver and get his advice on the subject!

Good luck Hellie11, don't be shy to ask for more help or post a comment, and if you need, you can e-mail me directly at

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