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Bradley Brownell September 27, 2016 Quick Pics 6 Comments

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A week or so ago, I mentioned that I’d picked up a 912E project car. Well, this weekend I had some time to really dig into it and see what was wrong. I knew that it would crank, but wouldn’t fire, so the issue is either fuel or spark. The easiest thing to do is check spark plugs, so I pulled them out and cranked, and they all fired. Cool. Next up is fuel. Turn the ignition on, and there’s no sound of a pump priming.

Okay, so it’s the fuel pump. I drained the tank and checked inside for debris, looks clean as a whistle. Removed the pump and bench tested it, it kicks right on and flows just fine. Pump back in, fuel back in, jump the fuel pump on with a spare battery and kick on the car. It stumbles at first, but settles into a nice idle. Betcha dollars to donuts it’s a DME relay.

So yeah, I have a Porsche and it makes Porsche noises (well, Volkswagen noises). As a friend recently said, “Nearly impossible to kill a stock Type IV. Also, to enjoy it.” Truer words have never been spoken.



  • Batshitbox

    Congratulations! I’ll bet you’re pumped! Are you jumping for joy?

  • evan r

    As someone who has owned several makes and models equipped with Bosch fuel injection (D-, K-, LH-, you name it) I can tell you it is unwise to ever drive such a car without a spare fuel pump relay (or 2!) in your glovebox.

    • Alff

      I carry two

    • I_Borgward

      I assume many here are familiar with the mod where you take the electrical load for the fuel pumps off of the factory Bosch relay and send it through a generic 30 amp relay, using the Bosch relay to trigger it? It’s saved me a lot of grief over the years. That said, I still carry spares in the glovebox. Belt and suspenders.

    • Totally true: Since I have one in the ‘box it never failed again.

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