grinding whirrr in the rear; fuel pump?

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Fri Mar 8 13:07:09 EST 2002

At 10:32 PM 03/07/2002 -0800, Scalmanini Steve wrote:

>A few days ago my 200q20v started making a
>grinding/whirring sound from the rear somewhere.
> >From outside the car it sounds like it's coming from
>near the rear differential area.  Starts when the
>engine starts (NOT when the ignition turns on) and
>stops when I turn the engine off.  Doesn't change
>pitch under any conditions.
>Is this the infamous fuel pump on its way out?
>If so, how long might it last after starting to make
>such noise?

Doesn't matter how long it "might" run making that noise.  You don't want
to find out when it stops.  Might be while you're driving, might be when
you go to take off from some place when you only have 15 minutes to get
somewhere else, etc.  I'd peek inside the tank to determine what you need
to order (If you get the newer, smaller diameter pump, you need a different
fuel line and an intermediate basket for it to sit in inside the original
mounting basket), and get the parts coming.  Took me more than a month to
locate, obtain all the correct parts.

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