I'd certainly avoid filling the tank full until the issue is resolved. If it's the pump, you could have a complete pump failure with a near-full tank & the headaches that would cause. Hopefully it's just the fuel filter.
If the K&N filter is the oiled reusable type, I've heard that the oil can foul some mass air flow sensors if it's over-oiled. But I've no idea what type of MAF you've got.
Dunno what budget you're on, but if you reach the point of having eliminated other things and must drop the tank yourself..... ideally try to pick a friendly small town auto parts store and do it in their lot (after talking to the mgr). Try to pick one that rents tools, and is close to a grocery or fast-food place (gotta eat).
You can probably hire a young under-employed local to help with the heavy lifting for ~$20 bucks for a few hours if there are no free volunteers; counter help in the parts store will know someone suitable. If you have to buy a cheap floor jack, maybe offer it as payment on completion.
If you happen to pass a building site, ask if you can have some scraps of 2 by whatever lumber; no such thing as having too many wood blocks on a chore like this.
Finally, listen to Landyacht318; he knows old-generation Dodge vans far, far better then anybody else so far in this thread, my-wordy-self included.
And good luck with it!
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
'06 Tiger CX 'C Minus' on a Silverado 2500HD 4x4, 8.1 & Allison (aka 'Loafer's Glory')
Thanks for all of the help guys, I really appreciate it. This all helps so much.
I am currently in Nashville visiting a friend. I am very thankful that I have a place to stay and research what is going on with internet. My friend is a stout guy but he doesnt know anything about cars. Also, I dont want to be the guy who says "thanks for letting me stay, help me drop my fuel tank buddy".
-I do not think the vapor lock is an option unless the fuel heated up and caused the problem.
-I would love for the K&N to be the cause of the problem. However, the whining in the rear leads me to believe this is not the case
-Now that I have light I am going to change my fuel filter and PRAY that is was a blocked fuel line and the pump was working extra hard to pump the fuel through. And I pray I meet a super hot red head who loves a man in a van, but I fear both cases are not very likely..
-Thus far I think I am going to change the fuel filter and hit the road. I am an x college football player so I hope if the worse scenario (Me having to change it alone) I will be able to handle it if I take my time.
Thanks again so very much guys. Im doing a video blog of the trip so I will be sure to put a link here for you guys to check out the "breakdown"
You really should post your youtube video here to. Good luck. And pressure testing it would be a good idea like said above. I still think its the pump. Possible somebody bypassed your filter where the rubber hoses are in the video.
96 Fleetwood Mallard, 30'
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