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Old 05-14-2018, 10:58 AM
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She has been hard to start on and off great a few days then hard to start. She died on me two times today that sucked.

When I crank it it shows Im empty fuel gauge doesn't move what is this fuel pump going bad?

I have half a tank
 
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:12 AM
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Well RATS Its the fuel pump at key on I just hear it and it sounds anemic just a small sick sound.

When it rains it pours I guess my truck sitting a month many things died on me.

Getting a fuel pressure tester in a day or two just to be sure.

What pressure should I see?
 

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Throttle body, or port injection?
 
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Well a shop checked it out fuel pump is fluctuating all other things check out ok.

I suspect the pump just kicks off at times its holding on by a hair in zombie half dead fuel pump mode.

How fun $800
 
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Holy smokes. That seems a tad steep......
 
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fuel pump for a dakota should not be $800. You can swap to a Walbro for that price. Should be like $250. Should see 49 PSI at the fuel rail constant.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:17 PM
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Its the labor that kills ya $200 parts $600 labor called 4 shops all around $800.

I just dont have the time to do it and the AZ heat is on already hitting over 100 so lazy time pay a shop to do it.

Oh magnethead they checked the fuel sync its within 3 degrees they say thats good they ran a full diagnostic on my Dakota found nothing other than the fluctuating fuel pressure its worse at idle.

Two days back I was giving it a hard run and it just fell flat on its face at high rpm.

Original fuel pump 20 years it was past due to be replaced
 
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Ah, labor will kill you indeed. They'll bend you over for 4 hours when it's 30 minutes to remove the 4 bed bolts and lift it off, 30 minutes to put it back on. Changing the pump itself is like 20 minutes.
 
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Not too much you can do about it yea it sucks but with the heat and at 61 with my blood anemia problem I just don't have the strength or endurance these days. I just made R/R the engine it beat me up and wore me out.

Its getting physically challenging for me now it sucks.
 
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