My Carter in tank pump went out the other day. I had 30,000 miles on
it and just short of two years. It was in my chevy 1998 1/2 ton.
After talking to the mechanic that installed it (In another state now)
I found out I am not the only one with a problem with the carters. I
was told Nappa didn't handle them any more because of their failure
rate. I was also told carter denies any problem with their pump.
Is any of this true?
Talking with people on a jobsite I am currently on, I found many there
also had problems. I sure as hell hate to bite the whole replacement
cost for a pump that had known problems.
My 90 Dodge 1/2 ton had an "in tank" Carter pump in it from the factory.
Went a little over 100 K miles. Replaced it with a new Carter from AutoZone
about 4 years ago. Sold the truck to a friend. He still has it and no
problems with the replacement pump.
The weak link in the GM pump design is that it is cooled and lubed by
fuel. If you are one to run your tank low a lot, the pump will not
last very long, especail Vortec pumps because they are higher pressure
and pump draws more power and heats up more and runs at a higher RPM
too. I have a 89 Suburban that I bought new and it now has 180K plus
miles on it and still has factory pump. I have only run it low a hand
full of times in its life and even then it still had at least 7
gallons left in its 40 gallon tank. Typical when I a trip my fillups
take 28 to 31 gallon but when on on a trip, I never let it get down to
or below 1/4 on gage and usually never below a 1/2.
I don't know if this helps but Airtex pumps come with a lifetime warranty
with no strings attached (their sending units also have the same warranty).
I asked my local yokel how many actually come back with issues and he says
very few if any unless they have had a 'good life'. I put one in maybe
10,000 km ago now so I'll let you know if and when I have issues.
in article firstname.lastname@example.org, Dan, danl, Redbeard
uh Greybeard now at email@example.com wrote on 5/26/07 7:49 PM:
Just pissin an moanin about the money I had to put out for a fuel pump
the other day! The original lasted 150,000 and the carter lasted
30,000. Other than that, I just wish there was a couple of crooked
roads here in NW IA. Everything is laid out grid style. The only
time ya got to turn is when it comes to a farm house front porch
On Sat, 26 May 2007 18:45:04 -0500, "Dan, danl, Redbeard uh Greybeard
So? Point that front wheel towards TN next weekend. A good time will
be had...I "gar-on-tee".
FWIW, when I worked at a Chevy dealer(18 years as a tech)I saw trucks
with 50 miles that needed new pumps and trucks with 250k still on the
OEM one. Heard much the same from our sister store(a Dodge dealer).
These guys here'll probably start blasting me, but *IMHO* I'd go with
an OEM pump. I know it ain't a Chevy, but the one in my Wrangler
lasted 225,000 miles, and the one in my wife's Wrangler is still going
strong with 238,000 on it. I don't believe you'll get that service
out of an aftermarket pump unless you're real lucky.
Old Crow "Yol Bolsun!"
'82 FLTC-P "Miss Pearl"
'95 YJ Rio Grande
BS#133, SENS, TOMKAT, MAMBM
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Yea Carter is garbage! Mine has gone a couple of times on me. Got the pump
with a lifetime warranty but does not mean much when it costs me $200 in
labor to replace a $50 (free) pump.... The current one (third in 7000miles)
seems to be in there the longest the last ones only lasted a couple hundred
miles each. I would not sweat it but when it goes again get a AC Delco or
My recommendation would be to use an OEM pump. You can get them from
www.gmpartsdirect.com at a pretty good savings over the dealers price. I had
the same issues with rebuilt and aftermarket new power steering pumps for my
1994 Z34 a few years back. Got an OEM pump and the problems all stopped.
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