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View Poll Results: Have you replaced your fuel pump?
Yes 35 26.92%
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Old Feb 19, 2016, 09:32 AM   #26
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Re: Has your fuel pump failed

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My 02 has 62,000 miles and so far so good! I always run premium with no more than 10% ethanol.
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Searched Autozone and found 2 fuel pumps. The cheap one must be the transfer pump . The main pump cost $154.00.
Both pumps are solid plastic. No wonder they fail. I was hoping that the transfer pump was metal and indestructible.
Looks like you will need a special tool. It is a giant tool to remove the big ring holding the pump in the tank. You could make one. Wonder what Ford charges for the tool? It has to grab a large (pump size) plastic ring at 4 places. Would you call it a spanner wrench?

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Old Feb 28, 2016, 06:42 AM   #27
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Re: Has your fuel pump failed

Had to jump in on this thread. I bought a new Mercury Sable in 1986. Had to replace the fuel pump in 1996 with over 80K miles on it. Cost me about $400 in 1996 money. I don't think this fuel pump issue is unique to our retro Thunderbirds in the sense of cost or frequency of needed repair. Just sayin.
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Old Mar 10, 2016, 07:54 AM   #28
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Re: Has your fuel pump failed

I was told that all electric fuel pumps rely on being submerged in gasolene to stay cool and have a long life. I fill up anytime the gauge gets just below 1/2 full. I have 93,000 miles on my '05 and no fuel pump problems yet.
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Old Mar 13, 2016, 07:18 AM   #29
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I was told that all electric fuel pumps rely on being submerged in gasolene to stay cool and have a long life. I fill up anytime the gauge gets just below 1/2 full. I have 93,000 miles on my '05 and no fuel pump problems yet.
1/2 full would be completely full on the passenger side of saddle tank where the main pump is located and thus completely submeged.

Can't do any better than that for cooling the pump.

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Old Mar 13, 2016, 10:32 AM   #30
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Re: Has your fuel pump failed

I think I just got the fuel pump blues. Took the thinderbird out for the first time this year and it ran great and then I let it sit out in the drive. Later when I tryed to start it all it does is crank over and over. If the fuse I'm looking for is under the hood 15A this fuse is not blowen.
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Old Mar 23, 2016, 12:03 PM   #31
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Re: Has your fuel pump failed

Mine went out in my 2002 at about 48,000 miles. The car had sat in the garage thru my 8 month deployment and died while cruising at 60 mph shortly after I got home. Seems to be a pattern. I never had the fuel below 1/4 tank.
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Old Mar 27, 2016, 01:46 PM   #32
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Mine went out in my 2002 at about 48,000 miles. The car had sat in the garage thru my 8 month deployment and died while cruising at 60 mph shortly after I got home. Seems to be a pattern. I never had the fuel below 1/4 tank.
Same here the fuel has never been below 1/4 tank. I'm having trouble getting the kick plate off the drivers side to check the switch, does anybody know how to get this kick plate off ? I know its a long shot but I would like to check the switch before I call for the flat bed next weekend.
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Old May 9, 2016, 04:33 AM   #33
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Gonna have to add my 2003 to the pile of dead fuel pumps - yesterday, took the left front tire off, ripped the wheel well liner out, the fuel filter - cranked it, nothing - time to rip the interior apart. I can't believe these things went this far up in price. When I bought one for the NM in 2012 it was $290. Just checked for the DSB - $803 - wonderful. So just for kicks I checked the 2002 - $316 - huh? Different part numbers:

2003:
Right - 4W4Z-9H307-AA - $803.66
Left - YW4Z-9275-BC - $316.91

2002:
Right - YW4Z-9H307-BB - $354.34
Left - YW4Z-9275-BC - $316.91

The slaves are the same - odd that they would make a different main pump. Wonderful - $1,120.57 on fuel pumps - ugg.
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Old May 10, 2016, 09:12 AM   #34
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Mine went out at 48,000 miles on the 02.
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Old May 23, 2016, 11:17 AM   #35
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My fuel pump did not go out but I replaced it at about 100,000 miles. I travel from coast to coast and did not want it to go out in the middle of no where. So I did a preventative action and replaced it in Little Rock, AR $595 Thanks to Gary H. for guiding me to his shop.
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Old May 23, 2016, 09:22 PM   #36
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Had a bad inertia switch about 95,000 mi.
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Old Jun 13, 2016, 07:14 PM   #37
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Re: Has your fuel pump failed

See the link below for some Rock Auto Fuel Pump Prices.
Any think I've ordered from Rock auto has arrived in a couple day.

http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/f...le.com+URL+%2F
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Old May 6, 2017, 03:49 PM   #38
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Re: Has your fuel pump failed

Mine went bad at about 50,000 on my 2002.
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Old May 13, 2017, 10:06 PM   #39
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There seems to be a good many reports of fuel pump failure on retro birds.
I thought it would be helpful to know how many owners have had to replace their pump and at what mileage. Also if you have had no fuel pump issues and your mileage.. Thanks
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Old May 13, 2017, 10:09 PM   #40
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At 27k miles. $1100. Car now has 29,700. Have had to replace leaking valve cover gaskets, and replaced 2 coil on plugs. Bought the car with 26k miles on it.
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Old May 13, 2017, 10:27 PM   #41
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My wife's '02. We have had the car 4 years and put 3k miles on it and have spent $2400 in repairs for fuel pump, 2 coil on plugs, replaced leaking valve cover gaskets, and leaking power steering pump. Gonna sell it. Very disappointed with all the problems. The Ford house loves me.
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