Replaced fuel pump, but it overheats and whines.

Tiny
PJGREEN1@COMCAST.NET
  • 1998 GMC SAFARI
  • 133,000 MILES

Replaced with Airtek fuel pump. Noticed that when I turn the key on, the gas gauge needle jumps totally over past full, and then returns to normal. However, the gauge needle is blurry and I finally noticed that it is vibrating although reading basically correctly.

Runs fine in cold weather, but in hot weather, I hear high whine when parked with engine running and Service Engine light comes on. I replaced the original pump at about 100,000 and when it did the above, I thought it was just a bad pump and took it back in for replacement. However, this second replacement is doing the same thing now that the weather is hot.

I have climbed underneath, pulled the main harness loose, and checked the ground on the "car" end. After reconnecting, I scratched some insulation off the ground wire and checked ground on the "tank" side of the harness. Ground was solid.

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 AT 8:10 PM

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Tiny
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Did you replace the connector for the pump module? Very common for failure.

Roy

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the replacement pump came with a replacement connector which I put in (on both pump replacements).

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 AT 8:25 PM
Tiny
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Any futher suggestions? Does fuel pump relay cause these problems?

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 AT 8:59 PM
Tiny
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Not likely. What is the exact pressure?

Roy

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012 AT 3:36 AM

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