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[T3] i'm finally getting somewhere!!!


ok here's the deal.  i finally picked up a volt/ohmmeter and went through 
the trouble shooting section for FI in the idiot manual...i now know that my 
fuel pump isn't turning on when the ignition is on.
i thought for sure i had a bad pump, i'm a real pessimist.  so i checked out 
the fuses and had : ones but she still wouldn't start.  here's what 
else i found:  the pump relay failed the tests from the book.  my friend is 
somewhat of a mechanical nut so he pryed the relay open and there's a 
contact inside.  when the key is on and the contact is made, my pump 
runs!!!!  now my question is, does this mean the relay is bad, or could it 
be whatever powers the relay that is in question?  there's no voltage 
readings through the relay.  i also checked out the main relay under the 
backseat, and there's 12 volts going to terminal 30/51 which means it's 
getting power, but terminals 86 and 87 have nothing.  what does this all 
mean?  well at least my pump is functional right?   another thing i 
discovered after reading up was that the when you turn the ignition on the 
1.5 seconds of pump running is signaled by a wire from the starter terminal. 
  my connection for this wire was taped up and the connection on the 
solenoid was bent down, as if someone was trying to say "don't do it".

what does all this mean?  it seems to me it will end up being something 
pretty simple, but i don't want to shell out the money for the pump relay if 
i don't have to.  i got quoted $47.50 from the vw dealer.  just for that 
little box.  anyway, any feedback would be much appreciated.  and i'm very 
grateful for all the help so far, all you guys are great.  really.

mark.
'70 SB


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