[T3] Ground for Fuel Pump Plug

SCS Crewcab scscrewcab at bellsouth.net
Fri Jul 15 11:31:04 PDT 2011

I forgot to answer the question about sources for a gas tank in ATL. I 
did call Tim's VW in Austell and the number has been disconnected. To my 
knowledge, that is the only VW salvage yard in the city. I could call 
other salvage yards but, I would probably have to explain to them what a 
** Type 3 ** VW was. If anyone else knows of a yard that specializes in 
VW's in the Atlanta area. Let me know.

On 7/15/2011 1:18 PM, SCS Crewcab wrote:
> That makes sense, the spare looked like it had only been on the car 
> for about 6 months where mine was adorned with 40 years of road goo. 
> Also,  on mine, no spark at all when I touched the neg to ground. On 
> the spare, a bright spark. And, on both, I got the shock when I 
> touched neg to ground not, when I removed it. It was a very hot day 
> and, my hand was wet from sweat. Maybe the electrons got confused and 
> couldn't decide to ground through me or the car or both. I was worried 
> the winding had shorted to ground someway.
> On 7/15/2011 12:28 PM, Jim Adney wrote:
>> On 15 Jul 2011 at 12:14, SCS Crewcab wrote:
>>> Sure, I think you should be in the $50 range for shipping with the fuel
>>> surcharge. I'll get solid length and weight on it today.
>> That will be helpful, but keep in mind that it will be larger and
>> somewhat heavier once it is boxed.
>>> Both of my fuel pumps were bad. The spare I had doesn't have a 311 part
>>> number though. It looks just like mine except it's about an inch
>>> shorter.
>> They didn't get a VW part number stamped on them unless they were
>> sold thru the VW distribution network. This is probably a later
>> replacement pump, sold by a Bosch dealer. It should be a good pump
>> with a correct Bosch part number.
>>> Also, on both, as I was holding them in my bare hand, when I touched
>>> the negative terminal to ground, I got a shock. Does that mean the
>>> motor is bad on both of them?
>> Not sure what the whole picture is, but it's probably a good sign. I
>> gather that you got a spark and the shock came when you disconnected
>> the wire and the inductance thru the armature gave you an inductive
>> kick that was what you felt.
>> If you want to send both to me that would probably make sure that I
>> could rebuild you at least one good one.

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