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britinusa

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Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:32:24 AM »

We found a fuel seepage leak was due to a patch of corrosion (I know, Aluminum) on the outside (port) side of the tank about 1" above the bottom welded edge. Luckily I found it before it turned into a stream as we had a full fuel tank at the time.

Drained the tank using our spare fuel pump, removed the tank, found the leak, cleaned it up, JB Water Weld and tested by putting fuel in the tank at home. Reinstalled tank, Reconnected all hoses, bonding and fuel contents sender.

Ran the fuel pump for 10 minutes with the bleed screw open max, but it did not calm down to the regular 'tick tick tick'. Ran the engine, all good, at least for about 5-10 minutes when the engine died, sounded like a lack of fuel (stutter stutter stop)

Removed the fuel return hose from the tank, ran the fuel pump (just turned the ignition on), no discharge.

Replaced fuel filter (it was about due), would not prime on it's own, sucked fuel into the filter (just inserted a transparent hose into the output of the filter and took a deep breath) fuel flowed into the fuel filter bowl.
Engine will not run, assumed due to lack of fuel.

Tried to suck fuel through the pump (used the transparent hose connected to the output of the pump) but it was a dead end, total block.

Replaced the fuel pump (guessing it's the original fuel pump 30 years old, corroded top) with the spare, $46 on amazon, primed it by sucking fuel through a transparent hose. Connected up the fuel hoses.
Disconnected the return hose at the tank, ran the pump, fuel flowing, life is good.

Ran engine for 15 minutes, life is good.

So, question: Did I destroy the old fuel pump by running it dry during the post tank reinstall engine run when, I'm assuming, the engine ran on the fuel that was in the line from the pump to the engine?

BTW, the new pump is much quieter than the old one.

New spare pump is arriving today thanks to Amazon prime.

Paul

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Re: Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 07:45:18 AM »

Paul

The pump, like a bilge pump, can run dry without harm.
I missed in your scenario-did you see if the pump would pump on it’s own, disconnect somewhere before the injector pump?

You just likely and coincidentally hit it’s drop dead date. MTBF is “only” 30 yrs. you’re really pushing it at “31”. Ha!  (I’m pushing 34 yrs)

A link to your replacement pump?

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Re: Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 06:28:59 PM »

Ken, yes, I disconnected the outlet of the old facet pump and connected a piece of fuel hose to the outlet, nuttin!!

The Amazon pumps seem to work fine (at least 10minutes so far  8) ) and the 2nd spare arrived tonight.

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Re: Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 07:48:06 PM »

Sounds like you’ll be “spared” 😖 the agony of a tow.
Don’t keep a secret about what you got. That’s s great price!

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Re: Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 06:05:06 AM »

Here's the link to Amazon

http://a.co/isiqkLc

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Re: Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2018, 08:59:24 AM »

Paul : Looks like "Same Same" fuel pump as your OEM Fasut pump @ a MUCH better price!!

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