As an update, I believe the car is carbureted, not FI.
My neighbor says it just happened...he was out of town for the weekend
(the car was parked in front of his house) and when he went to start
it last Monday mornig - nothing.
As for the pump running - should we have 12 volts at the pump
connector both during the 1-2 second initial pressure build up and
when we crank the engine over? A full 12 volts each time or will the
supply power be reduced for any reason at any time? Also, is this 1-2
second running of the pump just to build up pressure within the pump
itself or should we be getting fuel flow out of the fuel line at this
Sorry to sound disjointed on this, but as we work different hours we
don’t see each other every day and when I did look at the problem late
last Friday I didn’t give the type of fuel system any thought, I just
assumed (I know, I know) in that year it would have been FI, but after
looking at the fuel filter by the left rear wheel (typical old
fashioned style fuel filter) I believe it is a carbureted fuel system.
When I can next get under the hood, of course I’m checking!
I was reading on-line about testing the fuel pump pressure and output
and when I next get the chance I’m going to jumper the relay sockets
and see what happens with the pump.
Thank you for the input about the pick up line. I wasn’t sure if just
because we heard the pump run it was okay internally. At the price of
a fuel pump I didn’t want to tell my neighbor that it was bad until we
could do a little more troubleshooting.
> > Trying to help a neighbor.
> > 1988 Accord LX
> > No start, NO FUEL, does have spark and engine cranks over at
> > speed...
> > We have checked both fuel filters and they seem serviceable,
> but no
> > fuel comes out of the fuel line at the inlet or oultet side
> of either
> > filter position. When ignition key is turned to the "ON"
> position we
> > can hear the fuel pump run for 1-2 seconds and then cut off,
> but no
> > fuel comes out of the fuel line. Also, when the engine is
> cranked over
> > no fuel comes out of the fuel line.
> If you hear the pump run, then the relay is fine, whether it's
> PGM-CARB or
> If the pump definitely runs but no fuel comes out of the lines
> at the
> filter, then you have either a blocked line or the pickup has
> fallen off
> inside the tank.
> When did this start, and how?
> The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ
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