Re: Maybe a bad fuel pump?

From: John Dunlap (
Date: Wed Oct 05 2011 - 22:10:46 EDT

I would drain tank then remove it... fuel is about 8#s per gallon

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On Oct 5, 2011, at 8:57 PM, Andy Levy <> wrote:

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