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    Thread: Bypassing fuel expansion tank

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      07-19-2012 04:33 PM #1
      Well its just my luck that every place I could think of is out of stock of the fuel expansion tank things. Part number 533201511A (atleast on AutoHaus). It looks like the pictured one below.



      So can I bypass this thing to get the car running? The entire fuel system has been cleaned so there is no dirt that will go into the fuel pumps if I bypass this. I know all it has inside of it are screens to prevent dirt going to the pumps or back into the tank.
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      07-19-2012 07:59 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by stronglikebull View Post
      crap, they just changed it on the site to "call for availability" so they may not have it. gd it. sorry.

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      07-19-2012 08:02 PM #4
      these guys say they have it, but i've never used them before...
      http://www.discountautoparts.com/ite...weight=0.18000

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      07-19-2012 08:16 PM #5
      Yeah the first one probably doesn't have it, I may call though.

      FUNNY story about DiscountAutoParts.com. I just ordered one there, today they tell me they shipped it. But they shipped me a Wix fuel filter. I told them it was the wrong one and to prepare to give me a full refund for sending me the wrong part. They claimed the Wix fuel filter is the same as that expansion tank. So I paid $29 for a fuel filter I already have. Guess I will have to rip them a new one if they won't refund me for sending the wrong item.

      Currently I got someone on here they has a used one they will sell me, I hope that works out.

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      07-19-2012 08:38 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by 87Cabriolet View Post
      Yeah the first one probably doesn't have it, I may call though.

      FUNNY story about DiscountAutoParts.com. I just ordered one there, today they tell me they shipped it. But they shipped me a Wix fuel filter. I told them it was the wrong one and to prepare to give me a full refund for sending me the wrong part. They claimed the Wix fuel filter is the same as that expansion tank. So I paid $29 for a fuel filter I already have. Guess I will have to rip them a new one if they won't refund me for sending the wrong item.

      Currently I got someone on here they has a used one they will sell me, I hope that works out.
      well, i won't be using that company. note taken. good luck

    7. 07-26-2012 10:59 AM #7
      Called today & spoke with Joe; they do not have stock on this & have not had stock for months...

    8. 07-27-2012 09:42 AM #8
      that thing is like a resovoir (I cant spell) its needed if you dont want to starve your main pump of fuel.

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      07-27-2012 05:35 PM #9
      Yeah I figured out how it works. The intank pump puts fuel into this resivor, but the intank pump alone cannot supply enough fuel for the main pump so the return fuel also comes into it.

      Either way, I lucked out and got one for $7 at the Pick A Part in Phoenix yesterday.

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      08-10-2012 09:33 AM #10
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      Germanautoparts.com has them. I ordered two on Tuesday and received them on Thursday. They had a total of 20 in stock (now down to 18).

      Steve

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      08-10-2012 11:50 AM #11
      I saw that but figured when I ordered they would refund me and say out of stock like the other places. I actually got a good one from the junkyard, but will order one or maybe more from GAP to have on hand. Thanks!

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      08-10-2012 12:09 PM #12
      I saw that but figured when I ordered they would refund me and say out of stock like the other places
      GAP's far better than a lot of the other places when it comes to their service, in my experience. Their service has always impressed me in the past and I tend to trust them a lot more than some of the other suppliers...
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      08-10-2012 08:46 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by native-texan_in_tn View Post
      GAP's far better than a lot of the other places when it comes to their service, in my experience. Their service has always impressed me in the past and I tend to trust them a lot more than some of the other suppliers...
      Ditto. 100% satisfaction with dealing with them.

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