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Old 03-26-2004, 03:38 AM   #1
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Angry fuel pump!

So I go to turn on my car, engine turns on after about 5 seconds idling it dies. Im like hmm thats odd. So I try it again, engine turns over, cranks once, bam...dead again.. this goes on a few times.. till i realize 'uh-oh somethings wrong'

So I call up my dad, over the phone we decide it must be the fuel pump is dead... meanwhile im fuming, that this car which i treat like a little princess is ****in quitting on me.. and he gives me the number for some tow truck dude who hooks us up for cheaper tows. So im pacing down the street, call once - no answer. Call again - no answer. At this point im feeling im gonna pop!!, my girlfriends trying to calm me down, my cousins about to give me a number for another towing place when all of a sudden.....

...eureka!! i remember a meet we had a few months back when Terry's fuel pump was practically dead, and he took off the back seat and just smacked on the metal above it a few times to get it to start. So I take off my back seat and start wailing on it, letting out all my anger.. and surely enough I go to try it again and (expecting the worst) it starts, not only does it start but its also running smoother and the throttle isnt as stiff as it was before.

Long story short, THANK YOU TERRY - your crazy antics saved my night, and a LOT of money for a tow (I was pretty far from home). Ive never felt so much relief as when i turned the key and heard the engine rev!


Anyways, more money down the drain now, how much is a new fuel pump gonna run me?
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Old 03-26-2004, 05:26 AM   #2
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I heard $500 bucks to get fule pump done.. I think it must be done my mechanic cuz the can get catch fire if not done by pro.... Aks zimmie if he has fuel pumo he sould..... if so then just look for labour to put it in.....
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Old 03-26-2004, 05:48 AM   #3
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i have one seb....i'll put it in for ya for 100$...you just have to ground the tank and yourself.....no big deal....why is everybody so afraid of gas tanks,there not as volatile as you think....
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Old 03-26-2004, 06:26 AM   #4
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Yeah, I did the one on Terry's car and had no problems! His car hasnt caught fire (yet!)...
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Old 03-26-2004, 06:38 AM   #5
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Fil, can I trust you to work on my car? j/k
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Old 03-26-2004, 01:28 PM   #6
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i had the pump go on my 325 last year, and bought a new one at the stealer for $280. I put it in myself in about 20 mins...Just depresurize the system, haul it out, swap the conectors and gas line and throw the new one in.
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Old 03-26-2004, 02:18 PM   #7
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Do our 325's have the 2 pumps? Like the main one and then the Auxiliary pump (transfer pump)? If it does how do you know which one is shot?
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Old 03-26-2004, 02:29 PM   #8
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hahahah, seba. glad to see i unintentionally helped you!
Fuel pump is 400$ from the dealer, i bought an almost brand new one from charlie for 2 bills. ill install it for u, its a piece of cake!
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You're lucky. Same thing happened to me at my dad's work, and banging on the tank didn't provide much more than 30 seconds of service. I had to flatbed my baby to the mechanic.

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Do our 325's have the 2 pumps? Like the main one and then the Auxiliary pump (transfer pump)? If it does how do you know which one is shot?
Pre-88 E30's had dual pumps.
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Old 03-26-2004, 06:47 PM   #10
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lol thx for all the advice guys, im gonna take it to my mechanic see if he can hook me up for cheaper, if not ill probably try to find one off here in good condition and get it put in.. this weekends gonna be tough tho cuz i still gotta get out, so ill be in constant risk of breaking down, lol
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Old 03-26-2004, 07:08 PM   #11
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400 from the dealer? felix how new is the one you have?
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I think I was right.... 4 bills just for pump plus the labour is rip off.. on my car water pump is about 80 bucks so with labour most places asked300. Now if you end up getting new pump and labour for $500 you are lucky.
Just get good fuel pump and pay someone for cheap labour.
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Old 03-26-2004, 07:22 PM   #13
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well im hoping someone on here can help me out a little.. im not really overflowing with money right now
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Old 03-26-2004, 08:18 PM   #14
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I replaced the fuel pump and the fuel lines at the same time. You might want to check the condition of the gas tank, mine was rusted all around at the seams, so I replaced that asell.

I know you have babied it, but the car is 15 years or so old (don't know what year your car is), so expect to put some money into the car. Just things with age.
TB/tensioner, water pump, gaskets/seals, etc.
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Old 03-26-2004, 08:18 PM   #15
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i have no idea to be honest...its out of my 88 325is...it works good is all i know seb.....if your gonna make the trip up here i'll do it for 50$....you should check all the wiring first though...the pump might not be the problem...i had problems like that in my 318..turned out to be a loose clip behind the dash ,near the fuel computer...
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