Save the ‘Lude Part 1

Ahoy! On this episode of Save the Lude, brought to you in part by Whakanukle Auto parts “when you bust your knuckles we won’t bust your wallet”, I go through the process of figuring out what in the world I have to do to get the ‘Lude on the road again.

Apparently it was Terry Gilliam that gave Jabberwocky the green light for production as it was his film studio that produced it.

I get to the scene of decay and find myself looking at what used to be a masterpiece of Japanese engineering, style and athleticism. Now I wonder how in the world I will be able to get this thing running again. After some diagnosis from my last encounter with the Lude I deduced the fuel pump was malfunctioning. I did what any logical person would do and got on and bought a new pump, filter and sock for (even after expedited shipping) $44. Locally for those parts they wanted over $125.


pump up the fuel now pump up the fuel now filter filter filter filter. SOCK. Honda time.

Took out the fuzzy cardboard/plastic decorative doomaflagie from the seat backs in the rear, followed by the spare tire cover and fuel pump service plate to check out what I had in store.


Momma told me , when i was young, this is how you, change a honda fuel pump sooooon.

Fairly straightforward. 17mm banjo, electrical plug, clamp on the return piping and 6 or so 10mm hold down bolts. After some WD, cursing and finagling, the pump came out.


Shock and awe from the crowd as I examined the mangled and decrepit remains of what Mr. Soichiro Honda’s expert assembly workers graced this vehicle with. It smelled horrid too. Like turpentine, acetone and varnish.

Rust, Sludge, and just overall grossness.


The above illustrates why one should not allow a car to sit for 10 years without either adding a stabilizer, draining the fuel tank or filling the tank to the top.

Using my air compressor I blew the nastiest tar-like substance out of the return fuel line and the return pipe on the sender. Also did the same for the supply line to the filter. That was surprisingly clean. Even had some old clear gas in it.


I installed the new one without much hassle

Don’t Hassel the Hoff.


I dropped it in the tank, sealed things up, turned the key 4 times to the run position to prime the system, **cranketycranketycrankety**. Nothing.

Its starting to get dark and I am 3 towns over from home hoping to get this thing home that night. Time to break out the test light.


Should have done this a LONG time before I even got the pump. I have zero signal to the pump. None. Checked the fuse, good. Must be the relay. Wheres the relay? Its not under the hood. Ok.... Footwell. Nope. Dash? No dice.

Internet. Google.


Makes sense Honda, less relays, simpler electrics. Why do you have to be so darned clever?


I now need a $45 relay that’s located on the driver’s side of the center stack under some plastic. Or so I hope. next time I’ll hit the test light on the signal and output pins of the PGM-FI relay for the fuel pump and hope its not some rats chewed wire in the chassis harness somewhere.

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