suspect fuel pump on my 91 200q20v

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Mon Aug 18 11:38:46 EDT 2003

At 07:53 AM 08/18/2003 -0600, Lou.Martin at wrote:
>New fuel filter installed, but engine still won't run for more than 1-2
>seconds.  Measured 10+ volts at the connector on top of the tank pump
>housing, but no pump noises.  I think it's dead.
>Tried removing the pump, but if the Bentley detailed the procedure I missed
>it.  Removed the wiring harness, the fuel/vent lines, and the metal
>retaining ring.  I reached into the tank and felt the pump with attached
>hose and wires.  Didn't like sticking my hand in the gas, so removed about 5
>gallons with a hand pump.
>I think I need to twist the pump to unlock it, but don't want to force the
>issue and break something.  CW or CCW and lift?  What's the trick?

I don't think the pump spins unless the engine is cranking.  Have you
checked/replaced the fuel pump relay?  I had a bad one that kept the pump
from spinning while the engine cranked.  Of course, a month after I
replaced the relay, the pump died.  I suspect a failing pump maybe stressed
the relay.

Pump rotates clockwise for extraction (I THINK--it's been  a year).  You
have to budge it out of a detent and then it moves easily.  I couldn't get
it to move by hand and needed the extraction tool ($25 from
Zelenda).  Others have found a leather glove gives them enough grip and
hand protection to turn it.  If you look with a flashlight, you should be
able to see at least one of the detents and determine which direction is OUT.

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