Why wont my fuel pump come on?

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Asked by Mar 03, 2015 at 11:03 PM about the 1998 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We tested the with a voltage meter. We get 12 volts at the plug for the pump for 2
seconds when turning on to the on position & 12 volts continuously when cranking over
but when we plug in the fuel pump it does nothing. We ran jumper wires from the pump to
a battery directly & it fires up. Totally baffled here.

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Check the pumps connector at the tank, the connectors are known failures, usually when you buy a replacement plum it is included in the box. I had a Tahoe that I had long enough for it to burn through 2 fuel pumps, on the 2nd pump I had to replace the plug, you couldn't see a problem without shining a light through it then you could see the black corrosion inside it. HTH

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Changed the plug (again) when I have the pump unplugged & check I got voltage (to either side of the splice & at the plug. However when I plug it in I have no voltage at the splice (either side). Changed the low oil/fuel pump switch, also replaced the fuel pump relay. The first pump we replaced was 9 months ago, so it was under warranty took it in replaced it with another new pump (thinking it was the pump, then took it out went & got yet another pump still same issues.)

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I know this is old but felt the need to put this info here for other people experiencing these problems! I was helping a friend with a 2002 suburban and he replaced the fuel pump and he had to change the connector as well to the new oval shape gm has gone to. It looked pretty simple everything was color coded, all wires matched up and when we connected it to an older pump it fired up but when connected to the new aftermarket pump, we got nothing! First thought was defective part so got another and got the same results! In the end we used two wires and connected the fuel pump to a battery and all the wires where required to be in a different place in the connector! Check your pump and relocate the wires in the new connector! Hope this helps someone out!

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