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Old 05-21-2012, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default 2002 era Chevy Express Van fuel pump replacement

Has anyone ever replaced the chassis fuel pump in their Chev based Roadtrek from this era?
Were there any issues, like propane tanks, generators in the way that made it more difficult?
I may have to do mine, and am just wondering if anyone has any anecdotal experience with
them, either in an RV or just the commercial version of the vehicle.
It's a 100 litre tank, and it looks like the fuel sender and pump are replaced at the same time.
The area near the rear of the van has a humming, or buzzing noise, audible through the floor near
the fridge/water heater/water pump area, while none of those appliances are active.

Alternately, are there any additives or other home remedies that might help improve the problem?
(to the Sea Foam junkies, unfortunately, i can't get it in Canada last time i checked)
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever replaced the chassis fuel pump in their Chev based Roadtrek from this era?
Were there any issues, like propane tanks, generators in the way that made it more difficult?
I may have to do mine, and am just wondering if anyone has any anecdotal experience with
them, either in an RV or just the commercial version of the vehicle.
It's a 100 litre tank, and it looks like the fuel sender and pump are replaced at the same time.
The area near the rear of the van has a humming, or buzzing noise, audible through the floor near
the fridge/water heater/water pump area, while none of those appliances are active.

Alternately, are there any additives or other home remedies that might help improve the problem?
(to the Sea Foam junkies, unfortunately, i can't get it in Canada last time i checked)
I have heard of a few folks having trouble getting the right pump for them, as Roadtrek did not use the same pump that Chevy calls out. Campskunk on the Yahoo board is the one who comes to mind. You should be able to search over there.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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Thanks booster. I've already emailed him, and Roadtrek Service, too.
Odd thing is, the noise is gone. I fired her up this morning, put some engine load on it, and nothing.
Wonder if a clogged fuel filter or something else might interrupt flow, and mimic the symptomatic noise?
Fingers crossed. Also, I didn't know RT had substituted a different pump than OEM.
I'll hit the Yahoo Group site later tonight. Heading out to the Warplane Heritage Museum
in Hamilton, Ontario in a bit. We've got a Victoria Day long weekend up here today, so it's
a day off for most everybody in Canada.
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Roadtrek got back to me, and said except for a couple of items underneath in the area of the
tank, there shouldn't be any unexpected complexities in removing it from GM's perspective.
They didn't reposition the tanks, just lengthened the filler pipe hoses. So, it's where it should
be, as far as the OEM is concerned.
Also campskunk got back to me, and said basically the same, it's user do-able if proper precautions
are taken, and he did mention the issue of getting the wrong parts from the internet vendors he
dealt with. It is a Delco (also OEM, I assume) part(s) according to him.

Thanks to all who responded, case closed.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:23 AM   #5
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Oh-Great another thing to go wrong under GMs planned obsolescence.
On our '02 R/T Chev.190V we have replace the fuel filter twice, spark plugs of course, air filter with a K&N and recently the intake Air Control Motor-($253.)? All this at or before 53k miles.
So now we can look forward to replacing the fuel pump!?...
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:25 AM   #6
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Hey Ric, not to worry, there's plenty of Chev chassis angst to go around.
Besides regular $$$ expenses like brakes and such, there's also electrical wiring shorts in the engine
compartment that trip a fault code of a fuel sensor problem, and most recently the dreaded Dexcool
intake manifold gasket leak problem. Luckily we caught that one in time (my better half noticed a
tiny stain/spot on our gravel driveway that turned out to be antifreeze) and I'm now running the
"green stuff" in it after replacing the gaskets and flushing the cooling system several times.

I haven't tested the Roadtrek under load since the sound first occurred, but I haven't heard it while
running it at idle in the driveway. Fingers crossed it was just a fluke and maybe a "self-correcting"
GMC fuel system problem. They do happen, so I'm told.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:03 AM   #7
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Yep, that's why our daily drivers are both from across the western sea (Honda with over 117k & never a glitch & Toyota pickup runs like a top - never a worry). Oh, but I must be a glutton for punishment, we also have a Jeep Wrangler (more money than sense).
To bad about the North American auto industry - I lost confidence way back in '89 with a Pontiac & another Jeep. Still trying to give them another chance, but still not convinced or won back by them. Some would argue that I'm just not buying the right product, but I know people who own Ford & Dodges. And they are not as happy as I am - especially with the Honda Accord - 4cyl, 5spd. R.
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Furthermore, I'm almost ready to look at that Nissan van done by either PW or R/T. Has any one seen it yet?
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I have all NA vehicles now, but have had 2 foreign models, too. They weren't top end models, and one
was actually assembled here in Ontario, but they weren't that much better or worse than any NA built
vehicle I've ever owned. I've always been wary of imports, for a number of reasons, but the biggest
single reason is hype. IMO, some foreign products are over-hyped to the point that I have to think,
why, and do I really need that much "stuff" on a car? If it starts when I turn the key, and and does the
basics, I'm usually satisfied. I can parallel park by myself, and I check my blind spot, and not back up
into things by myself, and I try not to drive when tired. A push button starter is just a key that turns differently, to me.
I guess you could argue that even NA built cars contain so many imported parts that the line between
domestic and import keeps getting fuzzier all the time. Many imports are built here, and the domestics
support thousands of foreign jobs.

I have seen the Roadtrek built on the Nissan truck/SUV chassis, at an RV show earlier this year, and
once on the 401 near Woodstock, ON. It's touted as a weekender or soccer mom RV. I would agree
with that evaluation, based on what I saw. It reminded me of a well equipped, self propelled "tent". Interesting concept, kind of like a big station wagon/small camper van combo.
All, IMO, of course.
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