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A BIG thank you for the start up problem

Why no dash warning lights for this problem?
I get great gas mileage, and no fume build smell.
How long can I drive before I have to have this fuel pump fixed?
What makes the fuel pump go bad- I only have 47,000 on the car I do have on-time maint.?
Can I fix this problem myself?

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  • Lydiahanne Aug 21, 2008

    As I said your first response to my start-up problem was very quick and good advice.


  • Lydiahanne Aug 21, 2008

    Ther was only one time that my low fuel lite came on in my dash-it was when I was driving to the gas station.

    Is that what you mean by less than 1/4 tank of gas?

    If so, than my assumption to change out the fuel relay is spot on.

    Do you know where that is located on my 2002 Honda Civic LX?

    Gosh! your a big help!!!!

  • Lydiahanne Aug 21, 2008

    Yes, I know that the fuel pump and the fuel relay are two different things.

    Someone suggested the fuel pump, that's why I originally asked all those questions.

    Now that I know more, I am going back to 'my idea' which is I need to replace the fuel relay.

    Do you know where the fuel pump relay is located so I can find it?

    And that should be it for me-

    Thank you kindly!!!



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The system can't recognize low fuel pressure at start up, if the pressure stays low then a check engine light may or may not come on due to a lean combustion mixture. I think you can access to the fuel pump by removing the rear seat cushion, there may be an access plate to get at the fuel pump module, it is in the gas tank, if you don't have the access plate then you will have to take the fuel tank out of the car. You may ask why do they put the pump in the tank? here is the reason, the pump is very small and works very hard, it gets hot, the gasoline is cool and it cools the pump, most electric in tank pumps last the life of the car, the only way to really ruin them is to run the gas tank at less than 1/4 tank for extended periods and reapeatly, this overheats the fuel pump and shortens the life. Good luck

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    yadayada Aug 21, 2008

    Below 1/4 tank of fuel, that is far more gas than when the low fuel lite comes on. You are not changing the fuel pump relay but the fuel pump itself, these are 2 different parts.

  • yadayada
    yadayada Aug 21, 2008

    suggest you purchase a manual.



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