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Location: Kansas City, MO
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Re: fuel pump leaking
If there is fuel dripping out of the pipe that has no hose connected to it, <font color=red>DO NOT DRIVE THE VEHICLE!</font color=red>
Check the oil dipstick and see if there appears to be more oil in the block than there should be. Also check to see if the oil seems unusually thin.
If either is the case, the fuel pump's diaphragm has been punctured and is dumping gasoline into the lubricating system. this will <font color=red>KILL</font color=red> your engine if not immediately taken care of. Gasoline will not only rinse out any buildups in the engine, it will damage the crankshaft seals and cut the lubricating effectiveness of the oil causing the bearings to wear rapidly -- to the point of throwing a rod and destroying the block.
You will need to replace the fuel pump and drain and refill your oil. If the engine is noisier than it used to be, it may be too late -- the perfect time to do a 1.6 swap.
When replacing the fuel pump, do not touch or press on the pump lever no matter how tempting it may be to do so. Excessive pressure on the lever can break the diaphram on a new pump. Let the little push rod linkage do that.
You may be able to get more miles out of the engine, if you caught it in time, by using wear additives in the oil. I have no experience with additives -- just the broken fuel pump part...