I read someplace that if your fuel filter is a bit clogged, it can cause the
pump to overheat and shut down. I've been dealing with a very intermittant
problem for a few years on a 318 van and I'm thinking that it might be due
to the pump shutting down. I tracked down a few other intermittant
electrical problems and up untill yesterday the truck had been running
perfect for about a year. I wasn't getting fuel at the engine so I
eventually pulled the fuel line off of the filter input and ran a direct 12
volts to the fuel pump to rule everything else out. The pump didn't pump.
But after sitting all night, the pump works. I guess the pump had enough
time to cool down? My question is, if the pump overheats, does it normally
take that long to cool down or do you think that my pump is intermittant?
#2 - If I have to drop the tank, do I have to buy a special tool from dodge
or is there some other deep drive socket out there that can reach the nuts.
Gear wrenches have always worked for me on the tank strap nuts. They also
make a socket set (google either "gear wrench" or "gear ratchet"). I've
also made a couple of extra-deep sockets by welding a pair of cheap sockets
to either end of a length of 1/2" electrical conduit.
And yeah, I think your pump is toast.
The Dodge fuel pumps used on their vans are only good for about 150K miles.
It seems to me the first time I had to drop the tank the nuts were rusted on so
bad I had to cut the bolts. Bent carriage bolts work great for replacements
with ss nuts. Replacing the second and third fuel pumps were a snap. A
motorcycle jack works great for dropping the tank and raising it up again.
If you get the fuel out of the damn thing, it is as light as a feather. Now
when I dropped mine and saw that carry handle molded into the top of it I
have to wonder just how often they expected this tank to need to be removed.
If at first you don't succeed, you're not cut out for skydiving
"beekeep" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Not as often as the 90's Cheby S-10 series, probably..
I've met 3 people lately that got tired of dropping the tank and just cut an
access panel in the bottom of the bed..
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Dropping the tank is what I want to avoid. Beside it's a 40 gallon jobby and
It's full. I don't have a way to store 40 gallons. Does a 40 gallon tank use
a deeper pump than a standard tank?
I have a 35 gallon tank on mine as well and have changed the pump twice.
Strange, nobody around here knows Murphy's 5th law, when the fuel pump goes the
tank is always full!
You're going to have to borrow some gas cans. There is an anti-siphon ball in
the tank fill line. You will have to drop the tank a little and insert the hose
below that ball to siphon it. Nobody here said it was an easy job, it's a real
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