Its good to know the wood trick works. My lift pump failed at 46,000 miles, stranding me. Car towed to VW and fixed under warranty.
I now cary a spare lift pump, a phillips screwdriver (for the the pump coverplate screws) and a block of wood in the trunk 9I figure I can find something roadside to smack the wood with). I'll be ready next time.
What mileage did your lift pump fail at? AND do you have a Catipilliar 2 micron fuel filter? I wonder if the CAT filter strains the pump more. I put my CAT filter on at 17,000 miles and was about ready to change the filter when the pump failed.
When I got the car back from the dealer, I replaced the filter and cut the old one open. It was black inside, but not more so than pictures that others have posted here of cut open CAT filters.
2004 Jetta GLS TDI 5M Plat. Grey w/ Leather. RC Stage 2, G60/VR-6 clutch, steel skid plate, TDIHeater, CAT 2um fuel flter, Phat Noise, and VDO boost & volt guages.