HI I HAVE JUST PURCHASED A WOLSELY 1500 REG 382 FWO. I FOUND A COPY OF ” WOLSELEY WORLD” 1984 IN THE CAR, THE CAR HAS BEEN STORED SINCE 1982 AND AFTER A LITTLE CLEANING THE ENGINE HAS RUN. THE PROBLEM I HAVE IS THE FUEL PUMP, IT SEEMS TO BE A NEW UNIT (1984 ) as the old one was in the boot. THERE IS POWER TO THE PUMP BUT I AM UNABLE TO GET ANY FUEL THROUGH IT.
PLEASE CAN YOU HELP
May 8, 2013
Does the pump ‘tick’ when the ignition is on? These pumps have points in them which tend to stick when left unused for a time. If you cannot hear an audible tick, then the points are likely to have stuck, and the pump will not be able to suck the petrol through.
Just trying giving the pump a light, but sharp tap with the ignition on, and see if it starts to tick. This often cures the problem if the points are only slightly stuck. However, in either case, I would recommend you to check them and give them a clean. Again this is quite simple, just remove the bakerlite end cap, by removing the feed wire and then unscrewing the little brass nut. You can then see the points. With the ignition off, run a fine bit of emery cloth (or even a nail file), between the points until they look clean and can be opened against the spring easily. Then try it all again. If the points are badly corroded, you may need to remove them from the pump and give them a good file.
If the pump is ticking, and still no fuel is getting through, check the little fuel filter at the bottom of the pump, at the other end to the bakerlite cap – this may be clogged up. Lastly, the diaphragm may have deteriorated and may need to be replaced, but I suspect the problem is most likley the points or filter.
All replacement parts, and even reconditioned units are readily available from such places as Burlen Fuel Systems.
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I hope this helps
January 4, 2013
I am certainly not an expert on 1500’s but I met a fellow Wolseley owner and we discussed your fuel pump problems. Your pump is mounted near the fuel tank so the Moggie Minor one (AUA 66 I believe) is the wrong sort of pump. The Mini’s and 1100’s however also had pumps fitted at the back of the car so this pump (AUF 214) would probably make a good replacement for your pump if Bob’s suggestions regarding the point don’t get it ticking happily again. The only problem I can see you facing is that the hose connections might be wrong but this can probably be sorted out by using parts from your old pump and these Mini units a plentiful and relatively cheap on an internet auction site. Once you get the pump ticking without having to be hit you will soon be on your way to enjoying happy carefree Wolseley driving!
Hi Chris. An overhaul kit for an SU Pump is not prohibitively expensive and would include a new diaphragm, modern lead-free fuels/additives can play havoc with the material used for older diaphragms. If it comes to replacing a complete pump I would recommend an MGB unit rather than one intended for a Mini, the bonus being that there shouldn’t any problems with connections. Cheers John
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