Hello, I have a couple of questions for you if you have the time....
My 2000 Winstar has had trouble starting a couple of times, usually
after it has ran awhile. So I brought it to my local mechannic
yesterday and gave him the symptoms and then he asked me if I usually
ran the gas tank down low before refueling and I told him yea I
usually don't refuel until the gas light comes on. Well he started
talking to me like I was an ignorant fool and said you can't do that
with the Winstar because it burns out the fuel pump which is in the
gas tank. Well I had never heard such a thing so I wanted to check
here if anyone here has heard of this with the Winstar?
He is going to check the fuel pump and give me an estimate if it needs
replacement. I am in the Chicago area. What is a ballpark cost for a
new fuel pump plus labor? Thanks for all your help, is is very much
This is true. Most new car have the fuel pump in the gas tank letting the
fuel get below 1/4 full can cause damage. For the cost it will be some where
$350 to $700 to replace (cheaper if you "do it yourself").
I disagree about letting the tank get below 1/4 full causing damage. On
systems where there is a return line to the tank, as long as you don't
run it completely dry there should be enough cooling of the pump to avoid
On cars like my Focus that has no return line, Ford has engineered the
fuel gauge and low fuel warning light so that you still have a couple
of gallons left when the needle is on E and the warning light is lit, so
the pump is always bathed in fuel for cooling. Too bad their fuel pump
design was so crappy they had to replace all of them, but mine was done
for free after the warranty ran out, so no worries.
It is a good idea to fill up when the tank gets below 1/4 tank just so
that you have a reasonable amount of fuel in an emergency, though.
I don't think the problem is due to the pump overheating because
the tank is empty, but the theory that sucking up the debris from
the bottom of the tank and running it through the pump kills it.
Thanks for the help here. It did help in this case :-}
To summarize what happened so far, my shop could not duplicate
the non-starting condition. The computer codes showed a problem
with the fuel pump or possible voltage problems. It would have
been $550 to replace the pump. I elected to pay the $85 diagnostic
fee right now and wait a week or two and see if (when?) the problem
I did replace one of the tie rods because it was really noisy. I was
told this was a very common problem on the Winstars?
My '92 Mustang LX Convert has never had this many problems and
it is eight years older!!!!
Thanks again, I'll let you know what happens......
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