Can The Fuel/oil Pressure Switch Cause The Fuel Pump To Not Come On

Posted in Crank, Oil and Piston | Asked on May 16, 2010

Can the fuel/oil pressure switch cause the fuel pump to not come on?

There are 7 Answers for "Can The Fuel/oil Pressure Switch Cause The Fuel Pump To Not Come On"

  1. p d says:

    what kind of car? year make model

    newer cars – yes

    older cars – no

  2. Lance says:

    Yes. Most newer vehicles have the oil switch control the fuel pump power. Should the vehicle run too low on oil, the pressure will drop, the fuel pump will turn off and the engine will shut down preventing serious damage.

  3. B says:

    maybe if your motor has low oil pressure cutoff switch, but most cars don’t.

  4. forgivealot says:

    need more info but if you have a Chevy they use the oil presser switch as a safety in case of role over if there is know oil presser it will shut the fuel pump off

  5. musiclicker says:

    I own a shop, and have done extensive fuel systems work. Most GM vehicles are wired through the oil pressure sending unit (located by the oil filter, or top back of engine) and is done so as a safety feature. When involved in an accident, the engine stops running. As it stops running, it also looses oil pressure, and since the fuel pump is wired through this switch, no oil pressure equals no fuel pump. When you turn your ignition switch to the on position, you hear the fuel pump come on momentarily for 3-4 seconds. This primes the fuel pump pressure that may have leaked off, but does not run the pump. The system has a momentary relay (latch) that pulls in when energised to supply the pump with power, but once the latch heats up, the circuit opens, and if no oil pressure is there, the engine doesn’t run. One can test this circuit simply by purchasing a spray can of carburetor/choke cleaner, spray 3-4 seconds into intake of engine (with throttle held wide open). Remove spray, and start the engine. If it runs for a few seconds and stalls, repeat the procedure. This test primes the fuel system, checks the fire from the ignition, and isolates the problem to the fuel delivery system. All GM systems has a fuel pump test wire (usually around the brake booster or left fender) that is red. Connect a 12 (+) wire momentarily to this wire, and the pump should run as long as you keep this wire hooked up. Many fuel delivery problems can be resolved due to grounding issues such as; no ground strap from engine to fire wall, or no ground at tank to frame. Even the ground at the battery (-) terminal has a wire that bolts to the body, and/or the frame that can cause all kinds of problems. Finally the fuel pressure regulator can have a vacuum hose that is sucking air around the hose, cracked, fell off, collapsing, or clogged keeping the fuel pressure from building up enough to run the engine. As always; One must have a clean fuel filter, no leaks in the line, and the return line to the tank must be free, and without clogs.
    Glad to help out, Good Luck!!!

  6. Tom says:

    Music locker Thanks for the info on the oil pump to fuel pump on Gm vehicles,cut off this was very Helpful Thanks again

  7. Tom says:

    MusicclickerThanks for the info on the oil pump to fuel pump on Gm vehicles,cut off this was very Helpful Thanks again

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