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Old 06-18-2011, 04:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Since I was doing the sound deadening project, while the whole front seats and firewall was all clear, I decided to change the fuel filter on the car.

After replacing the fuel filter, plugging everything in, and then putting them back into the fuel tank, I tried to turning the car on for a good 4 minutes and cranking. I can hear the fuel pump humm when in key position 2, but it just won't start.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You should hear the fuel pump for a minute or so, then it will shut down. Sounds like you have a leak somewhere and the pump is only pulling air. (You lost your vacumn)

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I don't see where the vacuum leak could be. I just popped off the upper fuel line to the pump and fuel starting leaking so it does seem pressurized, do you think it could be something else? Does cranking the car to start the engine, damage anything? I might just need to sit there and crank for a while to get the air out.
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Update:
I added some starter fluid to throttle body and it turned on, but when the fluid ran out the car shut off This is quite the annoyance. I reopened the fuel pump to see if theres something I'm doing wrong and everything's fine. Fuel is also pressurized fine.
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I just looked at my Helms manual and it says you should drop the fuel tank to replace the fuel pump and filter! How did you get the fuel tank unit locknut off?

You really are taking this sound deadening to the next level!
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You don't need to drop anything. Just remove the carpet area behind the seats the are between the seats and ima battery, and remove the metal piece which the rear speakers mount on. Then you just unbolt the cover, and the fuel pump sits there in easy access.

As for sound deadening, I am and it's taking forever to do, hopefully it's worth all the time i'm putting into it.
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I added some starter fluid to throttle body and it turned on, but when the fluid ran out the car shut off This is quite the annoyance. I reopened the fuel pump to see if theres something I'm doing wrong and everything's fine. Fuel is also pressurized fine.
You should be able to pressurize the entire line by simply turning on the key as this turns on the pump for a second or so before starting the engine.

You could pressurize the entire fuel line to the fuel rail this way before hooking it up to start the car, that way it will allow the air to come out before cranking the engine over at all.

It may take a few key-on cycles to accomplish this.

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there are pics of the fuel pump procedure here:
DIY: How to change fuel pump / Fuel Guage Sender

Did you change the suction filter at the bottom? Maybe you can disconnect a fuel line up front to see if fuel comes out of there on key on. Make sure all hoses are connected right.
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You should be able to pressurize the entire line by simply turning on the key as this turns on the pump for a second or so before starting the engine.

You could pressurize the entire fuel line to the fuel rail this way before hooking it up to start the car, that way it will allow the air to come out before cranking the engine over at all.

It may take a few key-on cycles to accomplish this.

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I tried this for a good 1 hour with around 20 key cycles or so with no luck, doubt it'll help at this point.

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there are pics of the fuel pump procedure here:
DIY: How to change fuel pump / Fuel Guage Sender

Did you change the suction filter at the bottom? Maybe you can disconnect a fuel line up front to see if fuel comes out of there on key on. Make sure all hoses are connected right.
I didn't change the suction filter at the bottom (don't know where to buy it alone), I just changed the fuel filter part of it which is a wire with 2 connectors and what looks like a ground of some sort with a black fuel filter.

Are you suggesting to disconnect a fuel line that goes to the engine and try and see if fuel comes from that? Where exactly would that be.
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The "bag" is the filter. Sounds like you changed the fuel pump. Need a picture.!!!!

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