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This was my reply to your inquiry about my progress.

I found it, pasted it to this and just had it be another question:

I've been stepping my foot into the waters, and ways, of the auto repair world. I looked into buying my own pump from a couple of places. coincidentally I received a coupon in the mail from Midas, for complete auto care, and $25.00 off coupon for a repair.
I Found one within the five mile limit AAA will tow, without charging.
Then I talked with a guy and found out the price to fix the pump, at Midas.
Then it dawned on me, I still hadn't tested the pump, per your instructions.
So I called him back and asked if they will check the pump? Or assume I know what I'm talking about then fix it. Along with that brought up a good point about me bringing my own pump. He said if they change it, and it doesn't work they would have to charge me again for labor. That part makes sense, but he said auto zone is known for a few bad parts? do you know of this?

They charge $29.00, (which explains their 25 off deal.) to check it.
I agree, that paying for their pump is the practical thing to do. Because the cost is not that much more than theirs..
Well I've decided to actually take the steps you suggested to determine if it is. After going in and out a million times (getting the flash light. Then to find frickin' batteries, then I shine the light. I think to myself, "Hmmmm.......................................... ..................................................

It was morning when my friend showed me the rust stains under the pump. But can't seem to find it.
And that is really sweet (now you know I'm a girl) that you asked how things are doing. It never hurts to know some one, that knows about cars.
Thanks again, Kirsten

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Ok Kirsten, thanks for getting that message me---I can tell who the expert on the computer is here. I haven't figured out how to 'paste' things, and a lot of other computer stuff! There are bad parts out there. So much stuff is being made and rebuilt overseas now, and quality of repair parts ain't what it used to be. I have occasionally installed a part, and been very frustrated when it doesn't work, wondering if I screwed up something.(and sometimes I have!) Recently I bought a rebuilt alternator (that's what charges the battery) installed it in a hurry, and it didn't work. Returned it to the BIG auto parts chain. they tested it and said 'yup, it's no good, but we don't have any more in stock.' (and they also said it happens quite often), So the next morning I go to another of their chain stores that has an alternator for me, they test the 'bad' one, and tell me it's fine. I bring it home, wondering why I'm crazy enough to install it again, 'cause it didn't work the 1st time, and as I'm about to start, I notice a wire hanging rather hidden under the the engine that I failed to plug in the 1st time. No wonder it didn't work. So, as it turned out, the testing equipment was not working properly when I brought it back to the 1st store. So I screwed up, and so did they! Usually a repair facility wants to supply the parts, because they mark them up and make a bigger profit. It is true that some customers may provide poor quality parts, and when they fail, it doesn't make the mechanix look good. Keep me informed of events, and I got so carried away here (blah, blah, blah) I hope I answered everything...Curt

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