If you decide to buy one of these, I strongly recommend that you inspect it VERY carefully to see if the design flaw noted below has been corrected. If not, my advice would be to return it for a refund, and seek a better alternative.
In mid-2010, the fuel level gauge sending unit for our 2000 Pontiac Montana became completely unreliable; the gas gauge would swing from full to empty and back, randomly, at any time. Money is never all that freely available around here, so it was obvious that this would be yet another do-it-yourself repair, and after some careful shopping online I found an Airtex E3372M fuel pump from a supplier on eBay for about half of the cost that local parts stores were asking - and about the same price as the Amazon listing here. Since all of the aftermarket brands of this part were priced about the same nearby, I didn't think there would be a tremendous difference in the quality - and we certainly couldn't justify paying well over $300 for an AC-Delco or Delphi unit. (The price at the dealer was even more exorbitant, as expected.) Ergo, I bought the Airtex. The pump arrived in apparently good (new) condition, and with the exception of the fact that the supplied gasket was much too small (I had to obtain one from the dealer in order to be able to install the pump) the repair went smoothly. The Airtex pump's pressure was within spec, and the fuel level gauge was working properly again. The only thing I noticed right away was that the Airtex pump was significantly noisier than the original one, but as it wasn't at a level that was audible when in motion, I didn't really care.
It operated well for about two and a half years.
On Friday, January 11, 2013, while we were on the road from Houston to Atlanta, it began displaying failure symptoms.Read more ›
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For two years my wife's 2000 Venture Van would not display the Fuel Status correctly.
Now at 203,000 plus miles, she would fill-up and have to guess her status.
(A little Rabbit Trail... I dropped a Re-manufactured GM Crate Motor, which came with a 5yr/100,000 Warranty. My previous engine lasted for 186,000 miles, which has been thru many heavy load challenges. Over the years, we have hauled a Pop-Up Camper <Coleman Bayside Elite> and loaded the van to the top. The engine gave up the ghost when I woke-up to hear my beloved <wife> passing cars on a highway, as the inside and top of the roof was loaded and hauling four people from a campsite. It was ALSO pulling a trailer, loaded with my motorcycle and other camping gear.)
Back to the fuel pump...The only indication that she observed about being out of fuel, was when the Fuel Gauge would suddenly drop to "Empty".
When I started investigating people experiences with their Fuel Gauge, most folks expressed their issues to be centered around bad connections/wiring outside (top) the gas tank, concerning a connector.
I did not believe this to be my issue, therefore I focused on finding a pricing for a "Sending Unit/Floater Replacement". I learned that they did not sell the Sending Unit separately.
When I started pricing out Fuel Pumps w/ Sending Units, I observed After-Market Prices around $299 and higher. Therefore waited too see if prices would come down.
As I continued to browse the Web for a Fuel Pump, I observed that Amazon has this replacement for $99.99.
I was concerned about: 1). the quality 2). the designed 3). and the PSI (pressure) of the fuel being delivered to the Fuel Injectors.Read more ›
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