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Old 02-08-2007, 03:23 PM   #1
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Hello all,
a few questions from a new owner
the fuel pump is really loud - is that normal?
my car was located on Dauphin Island near the Gulf of Mexico and has a few rust problem areas - is there anything i can put on these spots to stop the rust without painting the whole car?
there is a roaring in the rear sometimes and I imagine I need to grease all the wheel bearing soon - any other ideas on salt
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Hello and welcome.
Aftermarket fuel pumps sometimes are loud. Best bet is OEM pump motor and filters.
Roaring in the rear could be a cupped tire if its happening around corners, other possibilities are bad rear bearings.
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The bearings are part of a sealed hub. The hub has to be replaced if it starts to make noise.
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Ernie, you didn't say what year or trim level your car is, but if the fuel pump is oroginal OEM and making a lot of noise, it may be getting ready to fail.

Now might be a good time to plan, purchase and replace that pump.

Give us some more details including your year and trim level so we can maybe help you determine if it'* time to replace the one you have.
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Aftermarket fuel pumps sometimes are loud. Best bet is OEM pump motor and filters.
Roaring in the rear could be a cupped tire if its happening around corners, other possibilities are bad rear bearings.

My experience is quite different. Mechanic buddy agrees that if you have a loud fuel pump, 90% of the time it is original. GM pumps are known for getting noisy over the years. Check fuel pressure, if it'* w/in spec...don't worry.
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Thanks for all the ideas. My Bonneville is a 1998 SE. Man I wish I had a Supercharged motor but sadly not the case. I gotta say I'm impressed with the engine through. It is strong and I recently sold a 98 Trans Am and it was mighty fast but the Bonneville is very respectful - my daughter just turned 16 and she was eyeing the Trans Am.
Thanks for any help.
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