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Fuel pump not working

Replaced the relay switch for the blower moter and for the fuel pump. Than replaced the fuel pump and the car still will not start. Thinking it might be the fusable link but can't find it. Where might it be and is there another fuse for the fuel pump?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    have u verified the fuel pump relay has 12 volts to the relay's closing coil and 12 for the fuel pump circuit when the key is 1st turned on?

  • JOHN Aug 30, 2012

    scoopete THE BEST!!!! Sound advice, he knows his stuff.



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Have you put a meter across the connector too the fuel pump? Very often on the Impreza when the ECU senses no fuel the car will not restart. It will need an ECU reset. The easiest way of doing this is to disconnect the battery for half an hour. The ECU has capacitors in it that retain a charge. By cutting the current supply the charge in the capacitors leaks away and any stored fault codes will be wiped. Try this and see how you get on if you have a current showing at the pump connector end. You will also find that by resetting the ECU the car will probably run alot better after being a bit lumpy for a while. The Impreza ECU is a clever bit of kit. It learns your driving style and alters it's map accordingly. Very often when the Impreza turbo runs out of fuel it will not start until you disconnect the battery and reset as I have described. You may also get a red engine warning light on the dash aswell. Hope this helps.

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  • RobertShank Aug 03, 2011

    I removed the rear seat (2 bolts) and located beneath the rear seat, it appear to be a access panel, so I removed the "2" more bolts that were fastened to what appeared to be a hatch/access panel...biggest mistake of my life and 3 hours worth of labor putting those two bolts back (no joke). The 2 bolts unfasten the fuel straps to the fuel tank and there is no access panel underneath the rear seats!!! In fact, I looked at many online forums and checked the Chilton AND the instructions that came with the new fuel pump...they are ALL wrong!!!

    The answer is this...THE ACCESS PANEL TO THE FUEL PUMP IS LOCATED IN THE TRUNK!! Not a single forum or advice has mentioned this. Just open your trunk and remove the black carpet lining and you will notice "2" access panels towards the back with 3-4 screws securing it. The fuel pump is located on the passenger side (oval shape) and "IS IN THE TRUNK" towards the rear seat wall. You can take out the access panel and fuel pump within the trunk, but it might be easy to remove the rear seat bottom and back cushion, as well as "2" covers and a metal bar.

    I did NOT remove the fuel...there really is no need to. Once you take off the access panel, you will see "2" fuel lines (with clamps) and an electronic wiring. I did remove pressure by taking off the gas gap and opening that little metal flap (where you stick the gas nozzle in at the gas station), for 30 seconds. This helps release pressure and help fumes escape. I forgot to take the negative battery terminal off, but as long as you remove the electronic component, there is NO way for there to be any accidental electronic discharge!

    The entire change really did not take that long...probably about 60-90 minutes from start to finish...once I figured out (on my own), where the true access panel was.

    Make sure you install a new strainer (usually sold separately). The fuel pump cost me $85 and the strainer was around $19...Autozone.


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Where is the fuel pump relay for a 98 impreza

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