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Fuel Delivery Problem

Car will run with starting fluid no fuel out of injectors. fule pump function properly. Shop had replaced cooling sensor(not the problem) im not sure where to look next I tried 2 ecm's same thing

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  • goffclan Mar 15, 2009

    I have a fuel delivery problem. New fuel pump working properly, with a good stream of fuel. The problem is in the injectors. Have used a noid light to chek and have determined that there is 12V present on one side of all the injectors, but they're not recieveing a pulse signal from the ECM. Have ignition, starts when primed, but won' start on its own fuel.

    Is the cam sensor or something keeping the signal from being delivered to the ecm?


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Although you say the fuel pump is working properly, you still need to ensure that there is actually fuel getting to the rail, and the easiest way to do this is to first of all clamp the fuel return line from the fuel pressure regulator so that the fuel flow back to the tank is restricted. Now try to start the engine. If it starts and runs, or starts and then cuts out after a few seconds, then you need a new fuel pressure regulator.

If the car still won't start then pop the fuel inlet pipe off the fuel rail, hold it in a glass jar or bottle, and then have someone switch on the ignition so the pump primes. You should get a good jet of fuel from the pipe. If not then you need to turn your attentions to the fuel filter and the fuel pump and its built in check valve.

Next you should use a volt meter or a 12v test lamp to check for battery voltage at the fuel injectors. each injector has 2 wires to it, and one of these wires should have battery voltage to it with the ignition switched on. If not then you need to check the injector harness connector for security and condition, and check that none of the wires in the injector harness are nipped or crimped anywhere, and repair as required.

If the voltage is there then you know that the problem is a lack of injector pulse, or too short an injector pulse, and as you have already replaced the ECM twice, I personally would double check the injector wiring and then fit a new camshaft sensor and see if that solves the problem.



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If pressure reading is high, disconnect fuel tank return line from DPR. Repeat test. If reading is
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Differential Control Pressure
Close valve on pressure gauge. Activate fuel pump with jumper switch. Leave DPR
disconnected. DPR reading should be 2.9-7.0 psi (.2-.5 kg/cm2 ) less than system pressure. If
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Close valve on pressure gauge. Install Test Harness (1315A/1) between DPR and vehicle
harness. Set multimeter to DCA 200 mA scale. Connect multimeter to test harness. Disconnect
wiring to coolant temperature sensor. Connect 15 k/ohm side of Test Resistor (VW 1490) to
sensor wiring.
Turn on ignition and fuel pump. Differential pressure should be 10-17.5 psi (.7-1.2 kg/cm2 )
less than system pressure. DPR current should be 50-80 mA. If pressure is incorrect and current
is correct, replace DPR.
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If there are no leaks, check airflow sensor plate clearance. If plate clearance is correct, replace
diaphragm pressure regulator and repeat leak test. If pressure drop is not within specification,
replace fuel distributor "O" rings.
Transfer Pump Delivery Volume
Check voltage supply to pumps. Connect Jumper Switch (US 4480/3) in place of fuel pump
relay, on relay panel. Remove fuel filler cap. Disconnect and plug off Black fuel line from
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Check transfer pump (if equipped) and fuel filter. Disconnect fuel return line and place in
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volume for 30 second period. Delivery rates are given with voltage reading at pump as volume
will change with different voltages.
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30 seconds with reading of 11.4 volts at fuel pump. Minimum delivery volume for other models
is .62 qts. (.59L) with 11.4 volts at fuel pump.
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Check sensor plate adjusting lever and fuel distributor control piston for smooth operation.
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of fuel pump relay. When pressure has built up, turn off fuel pump. Move sensor plate from rest
position to end of travel.
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Fig. 11: Sensor Plate Adjustable Holder (VW 1348/1)
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The ECU controls the firing of the injectors based on the position of piston and valves which the Cam and Crank sensors report to the ECU.
Your saying the pump works(b+ at the pump and its buzzing) but there is no residual pressure to start the vehicle and you don't know if the pump can produce the pressure needed to keep the vehicle running.
Well fuel pressure testing is dangerous.
So I'll start with making sure B+ is making it to pump and its buzzing.If pump buzzes then use a fuel pressure gauge and attach it to the schrater valve on the fuel rail and test its residual pressure. Use shop manual to determine if you have the correct residule.
Then do whatever shop manual tells you to test for running fuel pressure.
If dealing with fuel is not your thing then take it to a repair shop. It's safer for one thing

I'm gonna call it at the pump cause if there is no residual pressure that means pump is defective and you will finish burning up pump trying to get the vehicle to start.

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