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Old 08-03-2007, 09:33 AM
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'97 Dakota fuel pump?

Not a hot rod but this site has been so great to me I know I will get a response, espcially passable grammer.
My '97 V-6 Dakota will not start. Not even a fart. I know it is getting spark by shooting a little start fluid in the intake, then it will fire up untill the start fluid is gone. So I assume the sensors that tell the computer I want to start, and engine is cranking ,are working.
Therefor , a lack of fuel seems the culprit. Should I check to be sure the electric pump is getting a signal? Or should I just assume it is a failed pump?If so, can I install an inline pump as to replace my pump requires droping the tank.A challenging task considering the rusty components surrounding the plastic tank.
I have not opened the fuel line yet as it is pretty rusty on the outside(10yrs.of New England winters and seacoast living),however I may have to, to determine whether it may be clogged but I doubt that as I had no indication of slow fuel.
ANY input greatly appreciated .
P>S> I need to get this fixed so I can get back to work on my '31 chevy moto tranny install.

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If you can access the plug for the pump just check to make sure you have power and ground when you crank it and prob a 2 sec prime when you turn the key on. If you do the pump is done. I would remove the tank myself. Unsure if having the old pump in the tank would cause too much restriction if you were to install an inline. Make sure you replace the fuel filter as well when fixing.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:06 AM
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On the 97+ Dakotas the pump is in the tank, attached to the pump is the filter and regulator assembly. You could put an inline pump but it would be more work than it is worth. If you have a fuel pressure gauge attach it to the fuel rail schrader valve and see what the pressure is, if any and go from there. Likely a bad pump. Pressure should be 49+/- 5 psi.
A lot of Dakota owners opt for removing the bed to access the pump assembly.
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