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Relf
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4/22/2006
19:23:48

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I own a '98 Dakota V6, and I was thinking about doing some preventative maintenance by changing the fuel pump and filter. I looked under my truck to find the gas tank, and I noticed that the gas lines from the tank run to a canister or box before they reach the engine.
What is this canister, the pump?
Does it ever need to be replaced?
What name brand pump and filter should I get?
Thanks again guys.

Relf.



Scott C.
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4/22/2006
21:58:13

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that black canister your talking about is for recovering fuel vapors.. its called a charcole canister.. that dont need replacing unless its damaged... they are designed to last the life of the vehicle... as far as the pump goes... if your OE pump has lasted this long, go with another OE pump, not an over the counter aftermarket pump.. some people might say oh well the ones you get from pepboys, napa, advanced or so on are the same maker for the OE brand, well guess again some of them are not the same as OE... might look like OE but are not.. atleast going to your local dodge dealer your getting an OE pump... if your OE pump lasted your truck say 8 years you know another OE pump is gonna do the same if not longer... my theroy is if you want your truck to run right and be trouble as much as possible, pay the little extra for OE parts and dont pinch your pocket to spare a buck or 2 cause those wheels get ya where your going....


Scott C.
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4/23/2006
09:56:44

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I just replaced the fuel pump in my 1994.
The one I got from Advance Auto was the same brand, Carter, as the one I took out. Looked exactly the same too. It was $232, so you can see how much the dealer charges.
One note, the new pump did not have the plastic connection for the hose that goes to the evap canister. I had to remove the old one and install on the new pump.

zzark



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4/23/2006
15:44:00

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zzark ... you did it the smart way. But at the same time, over the years you can bet money Dodge used several makes of pumps. They ask for bids and lowest bidder gets it. Still again, stick with major brands like Carter. Pretty much can't go wrong and you will save a bunch not going to the dealer. The only thing I have found in my experiance to buy from the dealer is the PCV valve. After market makers have the habit of changing little things so differant models will fit more aplications saving tons on manufactureing even though they may not work exactly right. I'm sure there are several things fit this discription

So many problems .... So little time



Shatto
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4/23/2006
16:37:40

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Preventative Mantainance........changing the fuel pump?

Why change something that may be working fine when the crusher eats your truck?

If the system is still like the 98, your pump is in a huge plastic cannister thingie. I'm pretty sure the pump floats and so it always draws from the top of your fuel load.
The filter is on the pump.
It is installed from the top.



zzark
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4/23/2006
20:36:05

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I'll give another example, Obio3.

I did a complete service on my AC system.
So I needed a new acumulator.
I tried 2 different brands from Advance Auto.
Neither fit, as the hose kinked. And the units were an ugly aluminum.
So I went to the dealer. The acumulator was $100 more, BUT it fit like a glove, was painted black, AND it came with the low-pressure switch, which is $20-50.
I would have saved myself much time and trouble if I had started with the dealer part.
Live and learn.

zzark



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