What's hotAsk any automotive technician which repair he or she performs most often, and fuel pump replacement is likely to rank among the top five. In many cases, these repairs proceed without complication. In others, a hidden problem is the actual cause of the fuel delivery issue, leading to a recurring drivability complaint and an unhappy customer. Both scenarios can be seen in this month's snapshot of fuel pump replacement rates.
The aftermarket has responded to this issue with premium intake manifold gaskets that replace the nylon type material used in the OE gasket with either more robust plastic or rubber-coated aluminized steel.
Four GM model families — the 2000 and 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, 1998 C&K 1500 pickup and 1999 Chevrolet Suburban — have experienced dramatic declines in fuel pump replacement, according to this month's Activant data. The Suburban fell from sixth to 155th overall in April 2008 versus the same month last year.
Surprising? Not really, according to one fuel pump manufacturer. "Eventually all of these models will have been changed over to modern aftermarket designs, and it seems like we've hit that point in this specific model."
Intake manifold replacement doesn't exhibit similar levels of volatility, as problematic applications continue to rise at a steady rate. The biggest "faller" in the intake manifold category was the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina, which declined just four spots to 14th overall in this month's data.
Methodology: The data captured through the Activant Vista market intelligence solution is processed and aggregated on a daily basis through Activant's unique statistical methodology. Collected information includes eCatalog lookups, product availability and sales transactions by vehicle and SKU.
Rod Bayless is the product director for Activant Solutions, Inc. For additional information regarding Activant Vista market data, write to [email protected]. Activant is a leading innovator and the industry standard for information and supply chain technology in the automotive aftermarket.