TIPM Fuel Pump Relay Solutions (Comparison Chart)

TIPM Bypass/Test Cables TIPM Bypass/Test Cable TIPM Plug-In Fuel Pump System TIPM v2 Plug-In Fuel Pump Power Bypass/Test System TIPM Repair
TIPM Repair
Used TIPM Add External Fuel Pump Relay New TIPM
Cost $25-35 $199 $265 $350-$450 + core charge $400-600 dealer or $50 do-it-yourself $1000-$1500 (requires dealer visit)
Long Term Solution No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Installation Time 5-10 minutes 10-15 minutes 30-60 min after 3-5 days vehicle downtime 30-60 minutes 1-2 hours 1-3 hours (dealer visit)
Limitations May lose remote start, unknown if fuel pump off after crash None None None None None
Potential Problems None None None Might have to do a hard reset after installation External relays are failing, some dealers won't install Dealer will want to program new TIPM (avg. cost $100+)
Dealer Visit Required No No No No Yes (unless do-it-yourself) Yes
TIPM Reprogrammed No No No No No Yes
Warranty 1 month 1 year 1 year 1 year See dealer See dealer
Install Difficulty Easy Easy Moderate Moderate Difficult (soldering) Dealer only

 

Applicable Tested Vehicles for TIPM Test/Bypass Cables, Plug-In Fuel Pump Systems, and Repairs

To ensure that our products and repairs will work on your vehicle, please verify that your TIPM is similar to this TIPM-7 version. It's normal to have mini-blade and cartridge fuses in different locations on this style TIPM, depending on your vehicle options and model. Vehicles listed as "unknown" simply have not been fully tested yet. If your vehicle is displayed in green color below or is the same style shown on this site, our TIPM cables, plug-in relays, and repairs will work. If your TIPM is a different style, our cables may still work in different fuse slots if your fuel pump fuse slot has a direct connection to the fuel pump. To determine this, no power should be detected on your fuel pump fuse slot when the vehicle is off and your fuses should be mini-blade. Many 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles were modified (ie. wire harnesses were cut) by dealers to include a external relay to solve the fuel pump relay issue, which prevents our TIPM cables, plug-in relays, and fuel pump relay repairs from working properly.

Vehicle 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Chrysler Town & Country See note 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chrysler Grand Voyager See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Durango No See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 Yes (note 2) Yes (note 2) Yes (note 2) See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Grand Caravan See note 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dodge Journey See note 3 See note 3 Yes Yes See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Magnum See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 Yes See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Nitro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Ram 1500 No No No No Yes Yes Yes (note 1) Yes (note 1) Yes (note 1) Yes (note 1)
Dodge Ram 2500 No No No No Yes Yes Yes (note 1) Yes (note 1) Yes (note 1) Yes (note 1)
Dodge Ram 3500 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 Yes Yes See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Ram 4500 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Ram 5500 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Dodge Ram Cargo Van See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Jeep Compass See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Jeep Grand Cherokee See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 Yes (note 2) Yes (note 2) Yes (note 2) See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Jeep Liberty Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Jeep Patriot See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3
Jeep Wrangler Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VW Routan See note 3 See note 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes See note 3 See note 3 See note 3 See note 3

Note 1: 2013-2016 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 vehicles will work with a micro fuse version of our TIPM bypass/test cable in fuse slots F70 and F90/91. Call or email us for details on this TIPM cable version or repairs for this style TIPM.

Note 2: Our TIPM Bypass/Test Cables and TIPM Plug-In Fuel Pump Power Bypass/Test Systems work perfectly on these vehicles as long as you have not allowed your dealer to install an external fuel pump relay (ie. the part used to fix the fuel pump relay problem for the nationwide recall on 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokees). External relay installations involve the cutting and splicing of TIPM harness wires, which completely disconnects your normal fuel pump circuitry from the TIPM.

Note 3: We have not tested our TIPM Bypass/Test Cables or TIPM Plug-In Fuel Pump Power Bypass/Test Systems on these vehicles, but they might work. For our TIPM Bypass/Test Cables to work properly, two conditions must be met:
1) The fuel pump must be connected directly to the fuel pump fuse (fuel pump relay must come before the fuse slot)
2) Your fuse type must match the type of cable we build (normally mini-blade/fuse although we occasionally build the micro2 style).
If you can measure 12 VDC across your fuel pump fuse when the vehicle is off, chances are a TIPM Bypass/Test Cable won't work since the faulty fuel pump relay likely exists between your fuse slot and fuel pump. Injecting power won't help in this situation. More info is available here. For our TIPM Plug-In Fuel Pump Power Bypass/Test Systems, you must have a TIPM-7 style fuse box for it to work.

 

Symptoms of Faulty Relays

The fuel pump relay, located deep inside the TIPM, is the most common relay to fail since it's powered on 100% of the time while you're driving. You likely found this website because your dealer wants to change your fuel pump ($600+) or TIPM ($1000+).

  • Multiple attempts to start, perhaps occuring most often in the morning when the vehicle is cold. The problem gets worse over time and eventually won't start at all.
  • Unexplained battery drainage due to a relay that is stuck in the closed/on position. You can likely hear the fuel pump running if listening from the rear of the vehicle after it's turned off. Battery drainage may still occur even after a new battery is installed.
  • The vehicle stalls while driving and you coast to a stop.
  • The vehicle won't start and appears to be out of gas.

Problems with windshield wipers (on/off, high/low speed, and washers), door locks, horn, backup lights, and other relays are becoming more common with time. These relays are used less often, but are similar to the fuel pump relay in that they fail to power on the device and sometimes get stuck in the on position.

  • Windshield wipers won't turn on or will only work on low speed.
  • My horn won't work or will get stuck on (forcing you to pull the fuse or disconnect the battery).
  • My door locks work intermittently or fail to lock/unlock,
  • My backup lights work intermittently, all the time, or not at all.

You can save thousands of dollars by implementing one the proven solutions listed below. I also encourage you to file complaints at the following locations: CAS, Car Complaints, and NHTSA.