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    1996 JD345 fuel pump?

    I recently acquired a JD 345 tractor. It is a 1996 with very low hours. In storage a while. I am trying to recall a issue with some JD 345 tractors that needed a updated fuel pump. In the old style pump, I believe the vent of the fuel pump was over or near the muffler.
    So to my question, is the model year 1996 tractor have the old style pump?
    How can one tell from the old style to updated style?
    Does the fuel pump failure occur with a high hour machine?
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    Okay, did some additional research.
    I was not able to check my tractor yet, for how my fuel pump is constructed. Seeing some pictures on the net of the new style pump, they have an additional port for venting. also requires a drain hose to direct any gasoline away from the muffler. Sounds like a better design to me. Hate to loose a tractor and garage for a fuel pump going bad.
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    This also applies to the JD 285. My transaxle developed an non repairable (parts NLA) leak and I found a used transaxle from another 285 that suffered a failed fuel pump fire. The owner told me it went up superfast, but he was able to get it put out before the seat and gas tank caught fire. Insurance considered it total loss. He said the only thing worth saving was the front axle, transaxle, rear tires and fuel tank. He said the battery had melted from the heat and the seat had started to melt, but not burn.
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    Yes the 1996 has the old fuel pump.The newer style has hoses that route the fuel away from muffler.It will also have the plastic cam which is known the fail.
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    Thanks for the confirmation on the fuel pump. I removed hood and related parts to expose the fuel pump.
    As confirmed, it is the old style. New one on order, but this time, not from John Deere. Even if the new pump fails, there is no possibility
    gasoline can be leaked onto the muffler. Appears to be a easy switch out.
    Regards

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    Can someone explain to me why these pictures get turned sideways? They are correct when chosen from the desktop.
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    Today, the new updated fuel pump was replaced. Works fine. So did the previous pump.
    The difference now is I don't need to worry about having a fire from the earlier design.
    Maybe I can get a reduction in the cost of my homeowners policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildfox View Post
    Today, the new updated fuel pump was replaced. Works fine. So did the previous pump.
    The difference now is I don't need to worry about having a fire from the earlier design.
    Maybe I can get a reduction in the cost of my homeowners policy.
    Got any before and after pictures showing the difference?
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    Old style fuel pump has a small vent hole on the bottom of pump. See pic. New style has one extra piped outlet. A new small hose is then installed and clamped to the vent outlet. New hose is then directed thew frame of tractor, discharging any future fuel away from HOT surfaces.

    Last picture is looking at the bottom of the old fuel pump. The two above pictures are of the new pump and the install on tractor. No, not upside down as picture shows. Not my fault.

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    The owner told me it went up superfast, but he was able to get it put out before the seat and gas tank caught fire. Insurance considered it total loss.

    Put the fuel pump replacement on your HIGH priority list.


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