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Jakarta Post

Alarming rise in car fuel pump failures

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 31 2010   /  10:37 am

Service centers in Jakarta are being flooded by hundreds of cars that have suffered fuel pump failures thought to have been caused by contaminated subsidized gasoline.Car owner Rida said Friday that she had brought her new Hyundai Vega to the company’s service center because the engine wouldn’t start.“It turned out that the fuel pump was broken. However I must wait indefinitely for the spare parts because there is a supply shortage,” she said.An employee at a Hyundai service center said about 30 customers had come to the center with broken fuel pumps in the past two weeks.The woman, who requested anonymity, said all of the customers said they had been filling their cars with subsidized Premium gasoline produced by state owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina.An employee at a Toyota service center said new fuel pumps would not arrive until Friday next week.“Every day for the pas...