I have a 1973 vw beetle and just changed the mechanic fuel pump but as soon as I did and turned it on it only ran for maybe a minute and then turned off. It seems like it's not getting any fuel

Asked by Apr 13, 2015 at 08:50 PM about the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

But I'm not sure why. Wondering if I
put the fuel pump on wrong or if
there is a problem with the fuel like
or dirt in the tank so that it can't get
sucked up. Thanks

6 Answers

37,405

Try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU6aVBW71Es

22,525

check the float....blow out the line.

150

Sounds like car started with gas left in carb bowl then died. I had a bug run out of gas once before and it took forever get gas back to the carb. Ended up taking a small hypodermic needle and shooting SMALL amounts of gas in the carb throat until it would run on its own. It helps to have a second person inside the car. A trick I learned from my Dad. Even now, 25 years later, I keep a couple in my tool box for hard to start season lawn eguipment. Or you can swap out the mechanical pump for an universal electric pump. They sell block off plates for the mechanical pump hole at the block.

1,345

Make sure you haven't reversed the inlet and outlet lines from the fuel pump.

335

YOU MAY JUST NEED TO PRIME THE CARB.

37,405

Any luck yet?

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