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Old 07-06-2016, 12:49 PM   #1
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Our first big trip, fuel pump left us stranded!

http://www.youfixcars.com/chevrolet-fuel-pump.html

I guess this answers it. I had poor logic, fuel pump going out, I know, I will drive across the desert to burn up the fuel so I can replace fuel pump!
Fuel pump had other ideas, $280 tow bill back to home and $1500 repair bill!
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:49 PM   #2
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Yup - I replaced mine as a maintenance item - actually my truck has two fuel pumps - cost about $1800 as I recall - never let my tank go below about 1/2
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Curious, class A? Sorry I see. I was on the portal and couldn't tell.
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In my case it was on my Avalanche
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Curious, class A? Sorry I see. I was on the portal and couldn't tell.
Sorry, 1997 Airstream LY 30 P30 chassis
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Yup - I replaced mine as a maintenance item - actually my truck has two fuel pumps - cost about $1800 as I recall - never let my tank go below about 1/2
Why do you restrict you usage to a half tank? The draw is off the bottom of the tank so it is good to the last drop.
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Because fuel "cools" the fuel pump - lots of pumps fail due to heat - having said that I could prob let it go to quarter tank - but I like to be safe
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I agree with KenJ. I never let the tank on my Tundra get below 1/4.
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Dang.
That's a pisser.
We have a big trip coming up end of summer, and that is one thing I have not yet got to. Purchased the pump, but I have a full fuel tank from doing some axle weighing, and have not had a free weekend to take a short trip and burn off 80 gallons of fuel.
Thanks for the reminder!

Did the shop suggest a external pump as a temp solution? I've thought of that as a plan B, but have not had time to pursue.
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Dang.
That's a pisser.
We have a big trip coming up end of summer, and that is one thing I have not yet got to. Purchased the pump, but I have a full fuel tank from doing some axle weighing, and have not had a free weekend to take a short trip and burn off 80 gallons of fuel.
Thanks for the reminder!

Did the shop suggest a external pump as a temp solution? I've thought of that as a plan B, but have not had time to pursue.
I wish I had thought of that earlier! Our 1983 Ford Braugham had an external fp before I rebuilt the internals. Eventually, it too crapped out and was blocking the fuel flow from the new internals so I had to pull it.
My lovely mechanically inclined wife reminded me of this and I have decided to install the external (with valves and a bypass) and an external switch.


Just a reminder why you will still need to replace and clean the tank someday!
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I pulled & cleaned the tank &replaced the pump last year. Not the easiest job!
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Thanks for the pics of the old and new pumps.
Really.
The one I bought a couple months ago is in a box about the same size as yours - but without the sending unit, pickup tube, etc. It would seem a better solution to replace the entire assembly as you have shown.

Especially as our fuel gage goes full - full - full - full - half - empty. Did you see a difference in the gas gage accuracy?

Could you kindly post your source for the assembly?
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Thanks for the pics of the old and new pumps.
Really.
The one I bought a couple months ago is in a box about the same size as yours - but without the sending unit, pickup tube, etc. It would seem a better solution to replace the entire assembly as you have shown.

Especially as our fuel gage goes full - full - full - full - half - empty. Did you see a difference in the gas gage accuracy?

Could you kindly post your source for the assembly?
This is from the 83 ford braugham. I talk to chevy parts website and he said the complete assembly has been discontinued. I ordered parts from amazon.
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External fuel pump. Looking now it seams extra fp are low pressure. 5-10 psi. $75
I can see racing 55 psi pumps for $250 and up.
Any other juggestions for a high pressure pump for reasonable price?
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