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Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:42am

Post Subject: fuel pump

Hello I have a shire barrus 45 HP engine and it stopped running out on the canal on Saturday, I called the very nice man from canal rescue who told me I need a new fuel pump..So I was wondering if you could give me { a newcomer to boating} an idea as to how much it is going to cost me and more importantly where is the best place to buy one, I am on the grand union Paddington arm.. many thanks terry

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:26am

Post Subject: fuel pump

The distributors for your engine are: E.P. Barrus Ltd, Launton Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4UR. Tel: 01869 363636. Email: I find it hard to help more because E P Barrus do not put a spares list and prices on line and although I doubt your pump is anything special one can not be sure. If you can find your local fuel injection equipment specialist they may well be able to fix you up with an OEM part at less cost than a "genuine" Barrus one. If by "canal rescue" you mean RCR then I am a bit surprised that they left you without a running engine. That is unless it was one of their contractors. The RCR engineers seem to carry Facet Electric lift pumps for just such an occurrence which they fit so you can keep going. This is another option for you to consider once you can get Barrus to tell you the price of their pump. I have seen an internet reference to a similar pump to yours as costing £120 and a Facet electric pump costs around the £50 mark. I would also add that this may not be as straight forward as it seems but remember I was not present when the problem was diagnosed or at your conversation with the engineer. There is a fuel problem that an affect older boats known a s fuel bug and this can clog the valves on a lift pump. If it is bug then you need to treat the fuel in the tank and possibly change your filters. If you have experience of working on mechanical things and your lift pump is a sort of bean can shape about 1.5" diameter and about half an inch thick then I would suggest that you carefully mark the pump cover and pump body so you can reassemble them correctly, strip the pump so you can inspect the valves and clean them and reassemble it. It may well work. You may send me a digi-pic of the pump so I might be able to identify it to If you would prefer to write to us directly: E.P. Barrus Ltd Publicity Department Launton Road Bicester Oxfordshire OX26 4UR Tel: 01869 363636 Fax: 01869 363618 Email:

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