Ok fellas, our trucks can withstand just about any mechanical failure and still be operational in some way, but the weakest thing on the dang truck has to be these stupid IN TANK FUEL PUMPS!!!!
Seriously, did the military not see this? Was this system an afterthought?? At this point I would rather leave my house with two bald, dry rotted front tires than drive one more mile with one of these things installed on my truck.
This is the THIRD in tank pump that has failed me in the past 2 years. Today I was making a simple fuel run less than 5 miles from my house. I knew the fuel level was pretty low (hence the fuel run) but I thought I could make it no problem. I literally stalled out and died as I pulled into the parking lot of the service station. No big deal I thought, I can just put some diesel in my can and pour it in the tank. Because I had run out (or so I thought) I knew I had to re-prime it after I put fuel in the tank. So I ran the in tank pump for a while with the bleeder screw open, It was running for over 3 mins with no fuel coming from the screw. I have never run the truck out of fuel before so I was not sure how long it would take to get to the screw. After those 3 mins I knew something was wrong. I could not feel any air on my finger tip coming from the screw but I could hear that the in tank pump was running. So I unscrewed my pump screws and fuel line and pulled the pump out. It was still intact at the bottom, the pumping cavity and screen were still there. I plugged it in to check to see if it was spinning, it was. I unplugged it, placed it back into the fuel and plugged it back in to run it with the fuel line disconnected. No fuel came from the fitting at all, even though the pump was clearly running and there was a sufficent ammount of fuel in the tank. Luckily I was 100 yards away from a powerline construction company that had several deuces in their yard. I walked over and talked to one of their technicians who told me that they had already upgraded to a different more reliable fuel system and therefore had no spare pumps kicking around...
Soooo a $230 tow later (5 miles) and I am at home looking for said more reliable fuel pump. I refuse to buy another POS military fuel pump and have to have a spare with me everywhere I go. Any suggestions? Or am I overlooking something with the current one? My last two had their pumping cavity fall apart at the bottom of the tank but this one has me stumped.