1988 Ford F-150 Fuel Pump

Tiny
H SHAPKA 1988
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  • 1988 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,000 MILES
I have a 1988 Ford Econoline van with 2 fuel tanks which I have owned fron new. It has 85000 miles on it and on my annual trip I had fuel problems. I was running low on fuel on the front tank and switched to the rear tank. It would not pick up and when I switched back to the front tank, neither would it. I had it towed to a service centre and they said I had 2 faulty fuel pumps. They indicated that nthey replaced the front fuel tank pump but the rear pump was weak and if I attempted to use it I would not have the power. I am not sure if the fuel pumps are located in the tanks or are on the undercarrige next to the fuel filter. Could you tell me where the fuel pump or fuel pumps are located? I feel I was taken advantage of as I was in the midst of a vacation. Total cost not including towing was just under $800.00. Can you help? I will survive but I sure hate being taken advantage of especially in a vulnerable situation. I appreciate any information you can give me Thank you very much, a concerned senior.
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 AT 8:55 PM

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Tiny
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There are low pressure pumps in the tanks and a high pressure one on the frame rail. Which one was replaced?
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Friday, September 3rd, 2010 AT 9:35 AM
Tiny
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Hello and thank you for responding to my question. When my vehicle stopped I was in the process of swithching fuel tank from front to rear. However when I switched back it would not pick up the fuel that remained in the front tan and so I had to be towed to Grizzly Automotive in Sicamoose, B.C. They determined both fuel pumps gave out. They replaced the pump in the front tank but not the rear tank. I paid them $773.79 for the work. They advise that although the rear pump was not replaced it would run but be short on power. I was not sure of how it would run again after completely shutting down and no repairs done to it. I was in a vulnerable situation as the Ford dealer in town could not look at it for 2 days. I was afraid to try the rear tank for fear the shut down might happen again. However when I was back in my driveway I made rge switch and it ran perfectly except that the guage now does not work for the rear tank. Does all this seem right to you? I am glad it is running again and although I only use the van once a year, I don, t want an reoccurance. I bought the van new in 1988. It is a touring van with 120,000 kilometers on it. It is stored inside and like new. Thanks again for your input. Henry
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Saturday, September 4th, 2010 AT 8:04 AM
Tiny
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It makes sense. Remember, the fuel pumps in the tank are low pressure pumps. My concern is why the fuel gauge doesn't work now. The only thing I can think of is something wasn't properly plugged back together.
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Sunday, September 5th, 2010 AT 10:45 PM

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