Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 13:57:38 +0100
From: "Andy Evans" <>
Subject: Re: 900 fuel pump relay problems

>Is your fuel pump noisy - loud buzzing sound if it is then it may have >overloaded the relay. The relay is supposed to cut the power if it becomes overloaded>> Haven't checked this yet. >>It may be faulty and just burnt out.>> This is what my mechanic says is most likely - he believes the early relays were much more solid and beefy, and the later redesign was a 'weaker' unit which was inherently prone to go. He also said that he had both used and seen used a much cheaper GolfGTI relay which had the emergency fuel cutout facility but lacked the last pin (nearest the cabin) being smaller and squarer. >>DO NOT hard wire it exept in an emergency .>> Definitely do not hard wire 87 and 30, since fuel pump will not go off with ignition. However, is it not 'permissable' for short term use (not motorway) to hard wire 87 and 15, since fuel pump then cuts out with ignition? >- get a spare from a breakers yard - they are expensive new. New price discounted in london (Euro Car Parts) is £45 plus VAT, normally £75. How much is a fuel pump - or could it just be corroded connectors? Does the fuel filter come into this, or any leaks in the fuel line?

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