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Defective fuel pump. Should I replace it or install an external one?

I do not want to drop the tank or pay the $225.00 for the in-tank pump. Can an external pump pull fuel through the existing pump? The pump works most of the time, so I am pretty sure the rest of the system is OK. I just need to know if the external pump can pull fuel through the in tank pump. Also any advice on how to go about installing the external pump would be great. I have never done one before.

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You should check the fuel pump electrical circuit first off , you may have a relay starting to go bad ! or ground issue or some other electrical problem ! Have you checked a wiring diagram to see what all is involved ? Fuel Pump Electrical Circuits Description and Operation

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Steve, isn't that a better way just to buy a new pump on eBay and replace it DYI? It'll not be $225 - that's the price mechanic told you (included his work of 2 hours = $170)

Posted on Apr 28, 2015

  • Steve Oakes Apr 28, 2015

    The main issue is not wanting to drop the tank due to the time involved. The price is for JUST the pump no labor not even the whole assembly. Just the pump.

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