Jim Grant's Tech Tips
‘85 Toyota Wagon, Where’s the Fuel Pump
I have an ‘85 Toyota Wagon and I can’t get it to run. I got it started with a gas soaked rag by putting it on the intake manifold. So I know it runs but I can’t seem to find the fuel filter or pump. Do you know where they might be or if that is even the problem?
- Mike Ehrenfeld
You’ve pretty much proven that fuel is the missing component in getting your engine to run. I do question your sanity with a gas soaked rag on the intake of the engine. All I have is visions of the engine back firing and lighting that gas soaked rag on the top of the engine. Wow, is this car in your home’s garage? Is the garage connected to the house? I can hear the sirens and see the red lights now. You should think about an alternate to the gas soaked rag as a diagnostic tool. If your Toyota is fuel injected, you’ll find the fuel filter located down low on the inside of the driver’s side fender. You can usually look down past the air cleaner box to see it. The fuel pump is located in the gas tank. But, before you start ripping into this no start problem, you should check your fuses. Toyota layers their systems and a fuse for one part that seems unrelated is important for another system to operate. But, once past the fuses you have to really ask yourself if you have the tools and knowledge to diagnose and correctly repair the fuel system in your Toyota? You can get in a good amount of trouble and spend a lot of money in the wrong direction when it comes to repairing fuel injection systems. You may want to have a repair facility perform the diagnosis for you. Once you know just what is needed you can then decide if it is a repair you want to perform yourself. The best part is you’ll know just what you have to replace.