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my beast finally left me stranded - fuel pump
Here I am driving along yesterday when I turn a corner and my truck dies all of a sudden. I put it in neutral and try to start it while coasting. It didn't want to so I came to a stop and turned my radio down so I could hear what was going on. It cranked and cranked and nothing [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] . After I let it sit for awhile, I cranked on it again and it did "start". It was probably only doing 500rpm or so. It was then when I realized that it wasn't getting any gas. So at this point I call up my dad to bring the tools and the fuel line quick disconnect tools and the new fuel filter I bought but haven't had time to change out yet (finals week is almost over). So after 30min fighting with the fuel filter we finally get the sucker off and changed [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] . Crank it over and still no dice. So at this point I get out my code reader and it gives me a 543 & 542 code. We start going through the haynes manual troubleshooting checking all of the relays, fuses, and etc. After that we get to the inertia switch and it seems to check out.
So to make a REALLY long story shorter, we think we've narrowed it down to either the fuel pump or the wiring in between. Do you guys know of anything else to check for before we have to drop a gas tank with 20 gallons in it to change out the pump?
Another related question, do you have any tricks or tips to changing that out, like brand of pump, type of pump, ways to get the pump off, minor mods to help if this ever happens again, etc (besides cutting a hole in my floor)?
Thanks in advance!