I'm with Skye. I had a 'pointless' pump but have swapped a refurbed
points-type back in as the pointless was intermittently failing, and you
just have to wait till it decides to start working again before you can
proceed. With the points-type a knock will usually get it going again -
that is if switching the ignition on and off a few times doesn't work.
How do we know the pointless type are reliable? They haven't been out long
enough or used widely enough. It's all very well to say "It's the points
that usually fail so if they haven't got points they can't fail" but what
replaces them is an unknown quantity.
Tip: If you have a non-emissions engine then before you change the pump
take it out for a run for about 20 mins beforehand. That should develop a
little vacuum in the tank, even with the vented cap, and that will stop fuel
siphoning out when you disconnect the hoses. If you have an RB it shouldn't
be a problem as you can keep the pump and hose ends high enough, but a low
tank level helps.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Smitty" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 5:56 PM
Subject: New Fuel Pump
> For the first time yesterday my dependable "B" left me stranded along the
> while I was on my way to work. I could hear the engine starting to die so
> immediately pulled to the side and was trying to figure out why it was
> starving for gas. Gas tank was full and everything seemed fine. Then I
> realized I was no longer hearing the familiar tick of the fuel pump from
> behind my seat and figured the pump contacts must have froze or died
> completely. After sitting for nearly 1/2 hour I tried it again and heard
> contacts so I immediately started the engine and continued to my
> After work it started fine and took me home with no problems.
> Question: Before this occurs again I'm going to purchase a new fuel pump.
> Yesterday was just a warning but next time it may not correct itself. Do
> suggest staying with the same type of SU fuel pump (Moss 377-165) or is it
> better to go ahead and purchase an SU solid state fuel pump with modern
> reliable electronic solid state switching (Moss 377-255)? I'm going to
> one immediately so any advise would be great. Thank you.
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