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Help: Frozen Fuel Pump

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I am new to this forum. I have a 2013 R1200GSA Triple Black. I cant ride it all the time and it seems to develop a problem if its sits for a month or two. The Fuel pump freezes up and has to be replaced. It is a 700 dollar repair that I seem to find myself having to do about once or twice per year.

I use Chevron fuel. I also put in the fuel stabilizer recommended by BMW called Star Tron enzyme fuel treatment. I am not sure what to do besides the obvious answer of ride more. I have other bikes and they can sit for 6 months and fire right up but not the GS.


Is this a known common problem or is this just me having some bad luck?
Any thoughts on what else I can do?

Thanks,
Eric
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Hi All,

I am new to this forum. I have a 2013 R1200GSA Triple Black. I cant ride it all the time and it seems to develop a problem if its sits for a month or two. The Fuel pump freezes up and has to be replaced. It is a 700 dollar repair that I seem to find myself having to do about once or twice per year.

I use Chevron fuel. I also put in the fuel stabilizer recommended by BMW called Star Tron enzyme fuel treatment. I am not sure what to do besides the obvious answer of ride more. I have other bikes and they can sit for 6 months and fire right up but not the GS.


Is this a known common problem or is this just me having some bad luck?
Any thoughts on what else I can do?

Thanks,
Eric
Still under warranty?
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Still under warranty?
Not the factory warranty but the parts and labor from my local shop may have some coverage.
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This is a common problem with GS's that sit, so much so that BMW will not cover it under warranty.

If you are handy you can get the pump working again by reversing the polarity of the wires to the fuel pump (spin it backwards) for a short time.

Aftermarket replacement pumps can be found on Ebay for as cheap as $20, I would not spend the near $400 that BMW wants.

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This is a common problem with GS's that sit, so much so that BMW will not cover it under warranty.

If you are handy you can get the pump working again by reversing the polarity of the wires to the fuel pump (spin it backwards) for a short time.

Aftermarket replacement pumps can be found on Ebay for as cheap as $20, I would not spend the near $400 that BMW wants.
Thanks for the heads up. Are the EBAY fuel pumps any better than the BMW pumps?

Thanks,
Eric
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Have you had the bike from new ? How many fuel pumps have you gone through ? Has BMW replaced any under warranty ?
Is this a winter problem only ? What climate you in ?

Has the fuel pump controller ever been replaced ?
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Have you had the bike from new ? How many fuel pumps have you gone through ? Has BMW replaced any under warranty ?
Is this a winter problem only ? What climate you in ?

Has the fuel pump controller ever been replaced ?
I have not had the bike since new.

3 fuel Pumps

1 replaced under warranty

I dont think its a winter problem other than I dont ride as much in the winter.

I live in southern CA so winter weather only gets to about 45

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Thanks for the heads up. Are the EBAY fuel pumps any better than the BMW pumps?

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Hard to say, I ran a cheap Ebay fuel pump on my 2005 for a long time and it's still working as far as I know, I would guess that generally speaking they are not as good as the BMW oem pumps but if they are failing from sitting the Ebay pump would be a far cheaper replacement to a chronic problem and I don't think there is anything all that special about the BMW pump, they are a simple and typically reliable item by design.

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