Sending unit clip - Required or just for shipping?

Bob Technician Massachusetts Posted   Latest  
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2006 Nissan Titan LE 5.6L (VK56DE Flex) 5-spd (RE5R05A)
Fuel Gage Not Accurate

This Titan had a fuel pump replaced in the past and then had a complaint that the gage didn't seem to be accurate anymore. I found no faults in the harness power supply and return wire. With the pump out of the tank I can move the arm up and down and the gage responds appropriately. After looking at this for awhile I noticed a black clip on the float arm. It seems to be a redundant clip that was possibly installed for shipping purposes. This is a carquest pump and there are no instructions that mention anything about this clip. 

When moving the arm by hand it moves freely but it has resistance to it. I suspect that when the float is in the fuel tank it's movements are affected by the clip. I think it needs to come off but I can't find any documentation that addresses it.

Anyone else seen this before? 

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Looking close at the picture, it does look like and extra clip for shipping. Many units I get have the arm removed and it has to be installed before the unit is installed. It looks like it will rub the float arm as it is.

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Bob Technician
Massachusetts
Bob
 

This came with the arm installed. The clip does not come off easily which is what made me question it. Since I didn't find anything else wrong, I took it off and we'll see if the complaint is resolved.

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Marti Owner/Technician
Michigan
Marti
 

Hard to say, but just wondering if it is a clip to Limit its min/max travel?….or to apply a bit of Drag on the float arm and keep it from Bouncing as much?

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Barry Mechanic
Virginia
Barry Resolution
 

I have run into this before with these pumps you have to remove the clip it is for shipping and keeps the float in place to prevent damage

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Bob Technician
Massachusetts
Bob
 

I believe you're right. It'd be nice if they had some instructions or a tag that said remove shipping clip.

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Barry Mechanic
Virginia
Barry
 

They never do its assumed we are supposed to know what to do a little instruction would be great but that's the world of aftermarket parts

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Dan Owner/Technician
Texas
Dan
 

… Call the guys that MADE it…Brand?…Manufacturer ?…Are you totally sure there were NO instruction card?…Maybe it got left out at the supply level… get another (UNOPENED) box and see…Dan H.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Dan, Not sure how good Car Quest is in your area, but mine is a real pain. Practically everything they get in has been an open box scenario or reshelved several times. I had to quit dealing with them, especially for AC parts. I switched to using only Delphi or OE fuel pumps for the past few years and have had no issues thus far. Quality control with most companies has become very lax or…

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Barry Mechanic
Virginia
Barry
 

I agree with glenn on that quality of aftermarket parts sucks right now

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Bob Technician
Massachusetts
Bob
 

Oh I'm well aware of that. We just went through 3 dorman transfer case modules in an old Silverado (all we could get new) and they all had different faults. Found a used one in the bone yard, plugged it in and it worked correctly.

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Eric Technician
Illinois
Eric
 

You should try Dorman TIPM's if you want an exercise in futility.

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Kenton Educator
Bahamas
Kenton Resolution
 

Good evening I just completed one of thos. I removed the cli, it worked perfectl.

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Kenton Educator
Bahamas
Kenton
 

By the way mine was a Carquest pump as well.

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Bob Technician
Massachusetts
Bob Resolution
 

I need to update this post. We had 2 different vehicles with the exact same Carquest part number and they both had the clip installed. We removed the clips and there have been no more complaints of gage inaccuracy. Barry and Kenton were correct. It's a shipping item used to prevent damage to the float assembly.

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