Currious fule pump saga
PeterBergin at aol.com
Sun Nov 13 19:19:58 EST 2005
Hi guys, figured I would share this for those who can relate. 5 years ago
when I bought my Avant with 65k on it, the fuel pump failed at night about 50
miles from my home. Had the car toed to what was supposedly a reputable
European car shop and paid around $500 for a fuel pump (can't remember if that
included the 10 mile tow). I was told that it was replaced with the OEM type.
Last week (car now has 197k) the pump got really noisy all at once. So I did
the usual research and priced the usual venders and bought from the one I
have used the most through 10 years of old Audi's. Got what I was told was an
exact replacement and would not need the special tool etc. Paid $135+ over
When I pulled my old pump, and to my suprise/dismay found it not to be
secured in the retaining basket, just bouncing around loose in the basket. Upon
further examination I discovered that the plastic strainer basket was not their
and one of the rubber vibration dampers had been removed from the pump assembly
and was used to keep the pump body off the bottom of the tank. I assume the
tech who worked on my car broke the basket and jury rigged it figuring I would
never know. Next my new pump was the smaller new one with no adapters or
lines. It obviously would not fit and is getting returned tomorrow with a strong
B**CH to tech whom did not know what he was talking about.
I installed the old pump after putting the vibration dampener back in place
and using a piece of fuel line to keep the pump from sliding down and hitting
the bottom of the tank. Had a hell of a time getting the retaining bracket to
snap shut without the tool. Ended up fashioning a piece of bent steel and got
Now the car runs fine and the pump is silent.
Think I should leave it? I am missing the bottom part of the basket which I
presume had a filter in it, however the bottom of the pump is also a fine
filter and my tank was very clean, and sediment free.
That sums up 5 hours of working outdoors in the rain.
What a PITA
PS Thinking about an All Road for my next Audi with the twin turbo V-6, any
one know how good of a car these are?
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