Impatience Might Kill Me Yet
December 5, 2007 9:13 AM Subscribe
One malfunctioning fuel pump + one fuel pump with a broken positive terminal = ? How safe are electric motors immersed in gasoline, anyway?
posted by IronLizard to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total)
I picked up a used EFI fuel pump over the weekend for a few dollars and in the process of installing it, the positive tab snapped off. Soldering wasn't really an option because there would have been no good mechanical joint to brace the solder. So I took the two apart and made a frankenstein out of the two. So now I'm sitting here, having listened to it whir being powered by a PC power supply, wondering if I should trust this inside a tank full of highly flammable liquid. Am I insane? Or is this fairly safe, considering these things go bad inside of tanks all the time without catastrophic results? From powering it up I think it would be fine at the beginning but, if there is some misalignment from it's mutilation, it may heat up from the friction.
Other than a bit of impatience at having to wait a week for a replacement, I'm rather interested in seeing if this worked. The fact that no parts place accepts a core for this pretty much tells me they're not supposed to be repairable.