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Fuel pump replacement on my 22 year old Ford Ikon

I unscrewed the petrol pipes under the bonnet and asked somebody to crank the car. No petrol was being supplied.

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All was going well with the Ikon, but one fine day, it refused to start. The car was cranking, power windows and horn were working, so I knew that it wasn’t the battery at fault. Up next, I unscrewed the petrol pipes under the bonnet and asked somebody to crank the car. No petrol was being supplied. I thought that the car was out of petrol, so I got about 10 litres in a can and poured it into the car. The fuel gauge moved, but the car didn’t start. Up next, I checked the fuel pump fuse, but even that was fine.

Distressed, I got in touch with D-BHPian Vigsom, who asked me to listen carefully and see if I can hear the fuel pump turning on when I crank the car. With my ears alert, I cranked the car and sure enough, the pump wasn’t turning on. Vigsom sir then guided me to check the fuel pump wiring, since he felt that there could have been rodent bites. However, the wires were all okay. He then asked me to check the fuel pump relay, which was also fine. (Might I add, the fuel pump relay is located behind the fuse box, inside the dashboard in the Ford Ikon). Now that even the relay was okay, he reached the conclusion that it was the fuel pump motor itself that had gone bad.

The fuse box has to be lowered to access the relays.

Now, I don’t have the competency to replace the pump myself, so I got the car towed to a local garage. They sourced a new motor for around 3k and sure enough, the car fired up!

The car hoisted on the ramp to remove the fuel tank assembly:

I must sincerely thank Vigsom sir for his help! Without even seeing the car, he was able to diagnose the issue!

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