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Re: Air Pump Pains

To: Jim Carlile <>
Subject: Re: Air Pump Pains
From: Art Pfenninger <ch155@FreeNet.Buffalo.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 13:24:24 -0400 (EDT)
On Tue, 14 Apr 1998, Jim Carlile wrote:

> ---Mike Lishego <> wrote:
> >
> > Hello all,
> >     After taking a run home for Easter, I had some time to play with my
> 'B.  
> >     My real problem might be my air pump.  After tuning the car, I shut
> it off
> > while I put my tools away (OK, it stalled.)  Anyway, when I started
> the car
> > again, my air pump made a hideous howling sound, something the likes
> of my
> > neighborhood has never heard.  What is the protocol for repair?  What
> > lubricants should I use, and if anybody has done this, what steps
> did you
> > take when taking the pump apart?
> Mike,
> Welcome to the close-to-impossible-to-fix air pump seized bearing
> club. The only real solution is full fledged replacement of the pump
> (you'll see why when you open it up-- it's a solid mess). In fact,
> bearing seizure is the only real reason why these things ever need
> replacement in the first place. But unless you're due for an immediate
> smog check, just cut the belt and don't worry about getting a new one
> right now. The car will run fine without it. If you check out the list
> price on one of these things you might find this a handy solution...
> If you're due for a smog check, though, there's no better way of
> getting on the DMV's list than by turning up without a functioning air
> pump. It's immediate grounds for failure.
> Just curious-- how many miles did your 'B' have on it when the pump
> failed? Mine went about 95k, on the Golden State Freeway in L.A., on
> Christmas Eve. It seized up the whole engine, in fact.
> Jim
> '74 B
John Twist rebuils the pump for I think $100 or $150.

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