Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I must replace the fuel pump every few weeks

asked by on

The pump will lock up. No warning signs, nothing. Just stops working. The first time I thought, well, it happens. Bought a brand new one from, Western Auto. About two-three weeks later, again, it locks up. I thought, MAN! Did i do something wrong? I was a tad puzzled but I wrote it off, bought ANOTHER brand new one, also from, Western Auto. The third time, I noticed a wire hanging & assumed because of that wire it must have shorted out or what not. Now, along with these fuel pumps, I have also purchased a brand new battery & a used carburator. Now today again, driving along and out of no where here I am again broke down with the fuel pump locked up. I am stumped. I have researched online, purchased a large auto book, I have attempted to watch as many videos as I can stand to no avail. Thank you for your time & consideration. Sincerely, Ronda Martin.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. If you are experiencing repeated fai...

Hello. If you are experiencing repeated failure of brand new pumps from the same manufacturer, then it may be possible that you are simply running into low quality parts. I would inquire with the seller of the pumps if they’ve ever experienced any issues like these, and if they have any other brand of pump. If possible, I would recommend an OEM fuel pump. If the pump seems to be the common denominator then I would start with the pump, and then from there move on to examining the wiring and relays. If you would like one of our experts to take a look at this, a certified professional from YourMechanic can inspect the system and carefully diagnose the cause of the stalling issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I was told replace either fuel pressure regulator the throttle positon sensor or the fuel strainer, due to ghost rev

It sounds like you are having some kind of fuel delivery problem. Since the fuel pump and the fuel pressure regulator work somewhat as a team in getting the fuel from the tank to the intake, I would recommend changing...

Q: Car cutting off while driving

This could be a fuel delivery issue, but it is hard to say exactly. Your vehicle has a complex engine control system that can self diagnose issues most of the time. Start by having the computer read and see if...

Q: Car won't crank like theirs no gas.

The car's ability to crank over does not depend on whether or not it has gas in the tank. Since the dash lights light up, this suggests you have power so we can rule out the fact that there is...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...