258 mech. fuel pump
When a mechanical fuel pump dies, is it normally quick and painless (works one day, then completely shot the next) or can it die a slow, painful death (cuts out occassionally, then works fine for a while, cuts out again, etc)?
The engine died in the middle of the road the other day (Friday night). I got it tugged home about 12 hours later (yesterday morning) and finally got a chance to take a look this morning. When i opened the carb lid, the fuel bowl was empty (It shouldn't dry out that quickly, should it?). So I undid the line going into the fuel filter, and cranked the engine - got decent squirts of fuel. Same with the line on the downstream side of the filter, and got decent amounts of fuel. Hooked everything back up to the carb, left the lid off and cranked, and fuel was flying into the bowl. Put it all back together, and now it's running fine (well, it's running the same as it was on Friday morning [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img])...
So what do you think? Pump? Filters (2 - stock one and the one which screws into the 2100 carb)? Crap in the line that worked it's way out (and is now going to plug up my filter and cause this to happen all over again)?