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Old May 21st, 2014, 02:10 PM
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Dead Fuel Pump from Atlantic British

Has anyone on the forum had issues with fuel pumps from Atlantic British?

On my third pump in/out of a year, second in less than a month.
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Buy a genuine factory part instead and you will be done with it.
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You're most likely 100% right.

AB stated this part should not fail as it did &b yes under warranty but still.

Could there be something else that is making this happen, electrical / bad electrical connector at pump?
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Get a pump from Autozone for about $75 and call it done.


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You're most likely 100% right.

AB stated this part should not fail as it did &b yes under warranty but still.

Could there be something else that is making this happen, electrical / bad electrical connector at pump?
My OEM pump died (in 97 D90 SW). I bought a fuel pump from AB and installed it. It failed too (or so I thought) so I replaced it again. And... it failed again (or so I thought).

It turned our to be the relay. Not the little one with the red stripe... the bigger black one.
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Hans, Bigger black one? I only have two under the passenger seat. And yes both replaced.
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For me, the real issue is getting to the darn thing. Someone needs to post a step by step procedure of how big and where to cut a hole in the floorboard & make a removable floor/ fuel pump service plate. Now that would be a sticky
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For me, the real issue is getting to the darn thing. Someone needs to post a step by step procedure of how big and where to cut a hole in the floorboard & make a removable floor/ fuel pump service plate. Now that would be a sticky
I feel like yours wouldn't be in the same spot....
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Well, I don't have the pump in mine, but I just got done having my tank down to figure out why the thing was always reading "FULL" and why it's so slow to get in the last 2.5 gallons (which is about 60 miles of fuel). I've been able to get almost 17 gallons in mine when really empty (I have a 2nd tank that holds 13.5 gallons).

So I decided to replace a few parts while I was in there & modify the port where the fuel tank vent line goes to the filler neck. I'd previously pulled out springs & valves in the 2 small vent lines that go to the engine compartment.

Still, it would have been very handy to pop a door open on the floor and pull the fuel unit out the top.
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Hans, Bigger black one? I only have two under the passenger seat. And yes both replaced.
If memory serves, these relays differ from the 94/95 trucks and the 97's.
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Thanks Hans & others.

I do have information from the repair shop & it appears to all be related to the fuel pump. I will post what gives once I clear the warranty from AB.

And Hans, I think you're seeing/having the same issue.
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OK. I'm going to try & explain the issue.

If you were to take apart the bump, mostly at the bottom. You will see a sock/filter, this is the problem. The sock from what I get is wrong in shape/size & it is coming loose/falling off. Once it comes loose/falls off it causes issues with the flow of fuel/pressure which then creates a chain of events. Chain of events; not enough pressure, pump pulls more amps which then kills the fuse, kills the relay & kills the pump.

Does this make sense?

And still no call back from AB... Becoming a joke. $300.00 fuel kit costing me around $600.00(?).
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There are tons of this type of replacement pumps on eBay. Some are complete units others are pumps only. Best to know your exact part number as I have found that the pictures are not accurate. These pumps have many inter-changes to those used in GM products and some of those are available at local parts stores. The thing to be looking for is the pump pressure output as there is some variation from 3.5 to 4.0 to the 4.6 . The best solution would be to buy some of the "pump only" units (they are small& compact) and to have a spare on hand (and an access hole in your floor board) to replace the pump only within the pump assembly.

By the way, how do you guys cope with dropping the tank, when it is nearly full of gas as there is no drain port in the tank, just to replace the pump ?
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