1988 1500 Not Getting Fuel


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1988 1500 Not Getting Fuel

Postby Shiny » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:31 am



I've got an '88 1500 that stopped running last time out. I figure I still have at least 1/4 tank of gas, but it doesn't want to run. I noticed the acceleration went flat, then, about a mile later, I was coasting to the side of the road. If I put the choke on, it will start and run rough, but die as soon as I pull the choke off. I'm suspicious of the filter and fuel pump. Anything else I need to be looking at?



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Re: 1988 1500 Not Getting Fuel

Postby Shiny » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:10 pm

Update: Pretty sure the problem stems from the terminal that is broken off the post and laying on the top of the tank. When we hold the terminal on the post, the fuel flows. Of course it is broken right at the potting on the post. Anyone have any luck repairing such a thing? Maybe with a new fuel pump?

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Re: 1988 1500 Not Getting Fuel

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:27 pm

Depending on which terminal it is - but my guess is that it's these you're talking about?

Fuel sender terminals
Fuel sender terminals


I suspect that either the fuel pump (black/blue wire) or the ground (green) wire terminals has broken off. If it's the ground one - you're in luck. Just solder it back to the top of the fuel sender. If it's the fuel pump terminal, you may have a bit of a harder time. You might be able to replace it completely, but with what, I don't know. I think I would be tempted to solder a wire to what's remaining of the tab on the sender, and at the other end of the wire, crimp a shielded male tab. Then plug the blue/black wire into it, and perhaps wrap it in electrical tape just to be safe.

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Re: 1988 1500 Not Getting Fuel

Postby Shiny » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:07 pm

Yeah - it's the hot terminal for the pump. It's broken off in the potting material. Sounds like she's going to get a new pump. Contacted a couple of mechanics who had tried the solder fix on that and they indicated it was a temporary fix at best. Thanks for the info.

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Re: 1988 1500 Not Getting Fuel

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:23 pm

If the pump itself is running fine, see if you can find someone who will sell you just the sender/top mechanism, and transplant the old pump into it. Might save you some money.

Or, you could drill a new hole in the top, put a nitrile (fuel resistant) grommet in it to prevent chafing, and feed a replacement wire through to the pump. Then seal the thing up good with something resistant to fuel - JB Weld, perhaps? That would be another cheap fix, and an alternative to spending $400 on a new sender/fuel pump.

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Re: 1988 1500 Not Getting Fuel

Postby cpwomer » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:10 am

http://autocyclers.com/ This is a motorcycle grave yard in TN and they have about 40 wings worth of parts...About a month ago my 88- 1500 fuel pump took a dive and Honda wanted 4days and 425.00, this guy pulled one off a 93 and shipping got there the next day for 115.00. I was up and running and no problems since. I have bought a couple a thousand in bling and chrome and only paid 300.00. Course I went there and pulled my own parts. Check the website and give them a call.


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