The inline pump continue to run with the switch off?

Tiny
DIXON1
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  • 1987 FORD F-150
  • 200,500 MILES
My truck has dual tanks and which ever tank is selected and the inline pump continue to run with the switch off also the relay buzzs while the key is off I am totally at a loss over this issue any help will be greatly appreciated. Ok brand new relay, still same issue fuel pump running with the switch off. Changed with the battery disconnected to avoid shorting out the new relay.
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Friday, May 4th, 2012 AT 12:21 AM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:54 AM
Tiny
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:54 AM
Tiny
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Sorry for my lag storm and kids sport have me runnin in circles.
I will answer in order from my last post as best I can
1. Yes if I unplug the relay the pumps will stop but the relay buzzs upon reconnecting until I fully cycle the key
2. Ok sent my address
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:54 AM
Tiny
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Ok went out and double checked if I unplug the brown and green pigtails from them 2 relays is the only way both pumps will shut down
there is a 3rd relay with a grey pigtail that has no effect on the pumps that I have noticed
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:54 AM
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Got you CJ.

When you pulled the fuel pump relay and the pumps stopped, this means the control side of the relay is staying engaged meaning it is grounded 100% of the time. This is what we have to fix.

Does this have dual tanks? If it does, disconnect the switching valve and connect the relay and make sure the pumps are off. You may have a wiring issue down at the switching valve.

Roy
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:54 AM
Tiny
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My valve is original ford so there is no electric on the valve at all it works off of fuel pressure
i have an in dash switch that turns power on to either in tank pickup pump
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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No, the switch operates a switching valve under the truck where the lines all meet. Take another look. If there is a switch on the dash, then there is electric under the truck.

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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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Again this is an 87 all original. I had the valve out 3x already and there is no electrical on the valve what so ever
there are 2 springs within the valve that compress when the pickup pump pressurise against it
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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Ford dual function reservoir (non electric tank switch valve)
i believe this is the tech name for what ive been calling a valve
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
DIXON1
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Ok truck is now down to 1 tank I bypassed the dfr thinking it may have been recycling gas to the front tank. Original issue still there with the pumps running and the key off. I final took a chance while it was running and I cut the brown wire at the the fuel pump relay the motor never missed a beat so I then turn off the key and my pumps stopped. I then tried restarting 1st turning the ignition switch to the on position and paused to listen for the pumps rear tank and high pressure pump both worked and the truck restarted. I drove it 5 miles and evrything is still workin off the key, so this seems to have fixed the problem for now but I would like to find out what caused this if there is a direct ground short or what
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Just throwing in some junk to think about

does this thing have a return line back to the tank from the pressure regulator?

If so, is it returning back to the correct tanknot eventually filling the other one up, as you drive it. Leaving your "primary fuel source" empty pretty darn fast?

Zat make sense. If not, maybe i'll shut up and say no more!

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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
DIXON1
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Was possible but as of earlier I bypassed the dual function reservoir. The rear tank is the only one hooked up at the moment. But even this way the pumps were still running, thats why I cut what I believe was the ground "brown wire"at the fuel relay it seems to have corrected the pumps running with the key off which is the main issue
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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But to answer your thought which was mine yes but now return line goes directly to the the rear tank which is the only 1 plumbed in
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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Ok here is my update truck is now single tank with no dual function reservoir. Still have the electrical issue with the pumps if I connect brown wire that I cut which turned out to be the ground wire for all the pumps, high pressure and pickup pumps. Only know this because I pulled a new wire all the way thru. But other then the wire being cut im driving it dailey again!
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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Glad you are back on the road

Are you done, or are you going to continue to get it back right?

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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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To answer your original question, the fuel pump relays are probably stuck in the on position. They will only shut off when you unplug them or cut the PCM ground wire to them. Because of where they are mounted, they get lots of water splash on them making them a target for corrosion. Replace the two relays with new Ford pieces and repair the wiring that you cut into. Should work like brand new.
I have seen many of these 87 to 91 trucks sitting in a parking lot buzzing away. A good thump on the left fender usually shut them off. If it didn't, I would leave a business card to my dealer on the door.
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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Reading some of the other posts, the tank selection switch turns the fuel pumps on. The resevoir you have opened only to find springs in is a 'check valve' as it were to stop backflow from one tank to another. The electrical selection valves stopped in 1986.
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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Thank you CJ MEDEVAC. I will most likely run it this way now, theres no hot wires "temp wise" or dead battery after sitting a couple days, so I think I will run it this way.
And also Thanks to partspaul6. I have replaced all the relays with new ford parts and fixed the wire 2x now and have the same problem so the wire stays cut for now. And I hope this post from you helps clarify things for some others.
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Reading some of the other posts, the tank selection switch turns the fuel pumps on. The resevoir you have opened only to find springs in is a 'check valve' as it were to stop backflow from one tank to another. The electrical selection valves stopped in 1986.

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