[ba] fuel pump relay is "special"?

Ti Kan ti at amb.org
Tue Apr 13 14:57:37 EDT 2004

audion at serversmiths.com writes:
> Somehow I don't have a fuel pump relay in my fuse panel and I'm 
> thinking that might be the cause of my intermittent running on my 82 
> Coupe.
> How the car was running before with no relay I don't quite understand. 
> But since I'm still trying to sort out intermittent dying (posted about 
> back 5 months ago) I figure I should get the relay back in the panel.
> But anyway, Sonnen wants $60 for the relay and I'm wondering if they're 
> going to give me a standard Bosch relay with a $60 price or if the 
> relay is somehow different than the normal 12V relays. I can see that 
> some of the relays in the panel are purpose built or at least have Audi 
> logos on them.
> I ask this because the $25 relay on my Ducati was just a cheap Italian 
> version of a Bosch that I could have bought for $10.

There was a recall to bypass the fuel pump relay to a location
outboard of the fuse/relay panel because the fuel pump was drawing
too much current for some of the tracks inside the panel, causing
it to fail.  If you car had this done, the fuel pump relay should
be mounted to its own socket in a position that is attached to the
top of the fuse/relay panel, and has a wiring harness plugged into
the fuse/relay panel's fuel pump relay position for the "trigger"

The '82 Coupe (and any early CIS car) fuel pump relay is not a simple
relay.  It has an electronic counting circuit in it that turns on
the fuel pump when it detects ignition pulses.  If the ignition
system stops it will shut off the relay for safety reasons.

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