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Unread 10-10-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Starting Issue

I know there are a million threads on xj starting issuesbut i cant seem to find one relating to my issue.

So i went to go to work yesterday morning & she wouldnt start, I went through all the standards, Air was ok, I had spark which leaves fuel so i hit it with some sarting fluid & she fired up & died right out. Later in the evening I had my wife ohp in shut the door & turn the key on while i listned for the fuel pump & nothing.

The temp didnt drop below 50 over wednesday night.
This morning I went & picked up my multi-meter & new fuel pump, When I got back for ****s & giggles I gave it another shot & she fired right up several times & I can hear the pump kick on.

Any Thoughts?

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Unread 10-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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There is a "relay" for the fuel pump in the power distribution center, the black box under the hood on the passenger side.

Before you install that new fuel pump, you might try swapping the fuel pump relay with a non-critical relay and see if that resolves it. These relays are all the same part number so no issue with swapping.

If a relay swap takes care of your problem, then replace the suspect relay.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 01:20 PM   #3
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There is a "relay" for the fuel pump in the power distribution center, the black box under the hood on the passenger side.

Before you install that new fuel pump, you might try swapping the fuel pump relay with a non-critical relay and see if that resolves it. These relays are all the same part number so no issue with swapping.

If a relay swap takes care of your problem, then replace the suspect relay.
That was one of the first things i tried.
this just doesnt make sence to me
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Unread 10-10-2013, 01:27 PM   #4
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A fuel pump can go bad intermittently. If you were turning the key and not hearing the fuel pump it was either in a deadspot as far as the fuel pump motor is concerned or it wasn't getting power. If you tried swapping the relay and nothing happened I'd be looking at the fuel pump.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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It's the crank sensor!
 
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That was one of the first things i tried.
this just doesnt make sence to me
You should post everything you have tried; failure to do so makes for going "the long way around".....

Replace your fuel pump assembly if all wiring checks out with a thorough inspection.
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