My car is Volvo S40 1999 with 2.0 engine. The fuel pressure is on the idle at 2.2-2.3 bars (should be 2.5) and on higher rpm max. 2.6-2.7 bars (should be 3.0). When I unplug the hose that goes from fuel pressure regulator to intake manifold, pressure jumps to 2.9 bars. I have changed the fuel pump to OE walbro, fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter and injector seals. There is not really a fuel pump relay, but there is a system relay that controls the pump (I think). Also changed that. I have cleaned connectors and fuel lines seems to be ok. None of these part changes have affected anything to fuel pressure. When driving with petrol there isn't really a problem but with e85 injectors' duty cycles become too high on high rpm. On normal drive everything seems to be ok. Any ideas how to solve this?

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  • Are you relying on the computer to tell you fuel pressure, or are you using a meter? – GdD Mar 6 '20 at 13:40
  • I'm using a meter. – Joni Mar 6 '20 at 16:09

Sounds like your FPR isn't doing its job correctly. This could be being caused by the Walbro pump may not be providing pressure as the FPR expects, thus providing lower than expected fuel pressure. Two things you might be able to do. First is to replace the pump back to factory stock. While Walbro makes great pumps, it may not be doing what the stock one was designed to do. Second, if you don't want to do that, you'd need to get an adjustable FPR, where you can turn it up a bit. This is a common "fix" in the aftermarket world when things like this happen.

  • If I remember right, Walbro is factory pump in this car. At least the last pump was also walbro. – Joni Mar 6 '20 at 19:13
  • @Joni and you got a good fuel pressure read with it previously? – AdamO Mar 6 '20 at 19:23
  • One thing I forgot to mention was when I measured the pressure before fuel filter (there is a schrader valve in the fuel line) the pressure was there where it should be. – Joni Mar 6 '20 at 19:23
  • @AdamO no, the pressure wasn't good before or after the replacement – Joni Mar 6 '20 at 19:25
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    If it is good before the filter but low after the filter. Can you verify that the filter is installed with flow in the correct direction?Some can be installed backwards. Consider replacing the filter on the chance some crud got stirred up installing the pump and has impeded flow throught the filter. – mikes Mar 6 '20 at 21:37

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