Re: Maybe a bad fuel pump?

From: Andy Levy (
Date: Wed Oct 05 2011 - 21:57:54 EDT

On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 21:48, Mike & Sharon Higgins
<> wrote:
> 1999 Dakota 5.2 (318) Magnum, 5 speed manual; 210,000 miles, History: it's
> been great, few repairs, only expected maintenance.  So far.......
> Until today. Traveling through town, about 12 miles since starting at home,
> and only one block from work. Truck stumbled and stalled at intersection.
> restarted twice, but wouldn't run over idle speed, then died. twice. Friends
> from work pulled me into the parking lot.  At lunch I checked again; he
> started again, but only ran at idle for about 10 seconds, then died, no
> restart.  Fuel manifold showed little pressure and lots of air bubbles.
> Dumped in two gallons of fuel, but no luck.  Lots of spinning, but no
> restart.
> Q 1.  Is there a fuel filter outside of the tank to the fuel rail?


> Q 2. I am reasonably certain that the problem is the Main Fuel Pump in the
> tank.  Is there another?


> Q 3 Any ideas on cost of part?

It's a whole assembly with the sending unit. People have priced it on
the list in the past, but I don't recall what it goes for.

> I'll likely try to replace it myself.  I haven't done any major mechanical
> work in 10 years, and I am not relishing climbing under the truck, but this
> retirement income isn't stretching very far. Any suggestions would be
> welcome.

You'll have to lift the bed or drop the tank - there's no other way to
get at it.

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