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Thursday, May 01, 2008

77 Volkswagen westfalia camper.  Automatic, fuel injected. 

Experienced extremely heavy winds in the Kansas City area all day, difficult to drive even 60 mph in the bus, and even when you can it is so squirelly from the winds one must slow down to maintain control.

3 Blocks from the house, she cuts out, whoo, near a gas station, i try to coast her in, but that final bump over the hump turning in is too much.  No way to push her up, to much of a hump, I roll her backwards to an apartment complex.

Quick assesment yields no easy observation of the issue.  I squirt some starting fluid in the s-boot leading to the intake manifold and she fires right up and dies, i detect no humming sound of a running fuel pump.

Crawl underneath, sure enough fuel pump is not running.  Wires all look good, but it is too hot to touch for more than 10-15 seconds.  Check out all electrical connections, looks good, try to start again, nothing.

Preparing to walk home and get tow rope and friends, but wait a bit.

After about 20 minutes, I try to start her again, and she comes right to life, no waiting or hesitation i get the 3 blocks home and park.

She probably needs a new fuel pump anyway, by the looks of it, this is the original pump.  May also be a blocked or clogged fuel filter causing the pump to work too hard.  Based on the fact that a new pump is $100-175, I may try the fuel filter first...

Thursday, May 01, 2008 8:25:50 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) |  |  VW Bus#
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