Hi, I am looking for some help from any wiring experts on a wire I found spliced into the tan / white wire going into the fuel pump relay. Pictures and details are below.
Below is where a black wire is spliced into the tan / white wire at the fuel pump relay.
Below is the other end of the black wire which is so very neatly.....wrapped around the positive side of the ignition coil.
Below is the wiring diagram at the fuel pump relay. From what I can tell it looks like the black wire was spliced into the tan / white wire to get power and bypass the fuel pump relay. From what I see the tan / white wire goes from the relay to the fuel pump (along with some other locations). So from here I am thinking it was either bypassed because the relay was bad, or there is a break in the wire from the fuse panel to the fuel pump relay, or the fuel pump fuse was blown at some point and they wired it this way to get it running. I Just want to see if I am on the correct track in terms of tracing down why this was done so I can get the original issue fixed.
I am in 'assesment' mode right now as I just picked the Fiero up a few weeks ago so just figuring out what previous owners have done to the car. As you mentioned Blacktree, someone along the way was a hack. I am hoping this is the only 'fix' that the previous hack made. Not even sure how that wire managed to stay on the coil (I drove it for 90 min to get home) as it was not even under the screw, it was just wrapped around the screw and fell off when my neighbor touched the wire.
I am going to put the battery back in tonight and then do a few more tests to confirm if it was just a bad relay. I will update with what I find.
Smart move, for sure, you do want to get rid of that bypass wire! The last thing you'd want is a fuel pump running when the engine is not, like after a crash! Hopefully that hacker did not do other wacky nods. Good luck with the car. running
So,I took out the splice and got the wiring fixed up. I tested the existing relay off the car and seemd fine but picked up a new one just in case. I tried it out today and the fuel pump does not turn on. The relay does not engage. I verified I have power going to the relay, it seems its not receiving the signal from the ecm to close the relay. So I am going to have to track that back to see if its wiring or the ecm.
I ran through all the tests outlined in the service manual to test out the fuel pump and all associated wiring. It has all lead back to a bad ECM. So I am now on the hunt for an ECM. I did find the ground wire belwo that was broken off which I temporarily attached until I can get the proper eyelet connector but that did not correct the issue either.
I see lots of places to get an ECM from, are there any suggestions on where to pick one up?