You can actually get to from the trunk, or hatch. Pull everything out and you will find a plate with bolts, take that out and boom you'll see the top of the gas tank. And the fuel pump. Unhook the lines, and staps, turn it, pull it out, becare ful of the sending unit, it is damaged easily. If the new pump doesn't have a sending unit ou have to take it off and put it on, most of them do come with a sending unit, unless the are high performance models. Installation is the process in reverse. Not a bad job, one thing VW made easy, want a challenge try and change the tranny fluid (it's a sealed unit)
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I wouldn't suggest it. It wouldn't be just an engine swap that you unplug and unbolt and and then reverse...thats not to say it can't be done with a lot of thinking and work and reprogramming that's usually for vw experts...your better off to keep looking at other wreckers for the exact motor
You very likely are going to replace the fuel pump, well i recomend you check the vw recalls on failing fuel pumps or related fuel lines and fasteners. I own a 2004 vw golf and began to leak fuel at the fuel delibery nipples right out of the fuel pump. the problem is that either there tension on the nipple and cause to crak thus leak, or the fuel line is short and pulling toward the rear right tire causing it to crak and leak. the Volkswagen Golf Recall 05V154000 is the solution this recall is for a vw golf 1999-2000 but all the fuel pumps around vw 's 1999 up to 2006 have the same problem but you need to put acomplain with the NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE
AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO
HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.if your car is not under these recall. Fuse # 28 will stop the fuel pump so you can remove it
there most likely isn't enough fuel for the pump to pick up. Once a fuel tank runs dry it takes more fuel than usual to get the pump to send the fuel to the engine. Try a little more fuel, and if that doesn't work, let me know :D
Hello, My 2000 2.0 Golf just recently had the same problem. I would feel the ABS pump working at certain times through the accelerator pedal. I found the right rear sensor failed the Bentley manual continuity test . After removing it I found it was pretty rusted. The sensor head is located inside the rear brake disc hub area and this probably explained this rust. The rust probably worked its way into the sensor body where you can't clean it and thus the resistance value went above specification. I ordered mine through Autohaus and cost me just over $50.00 for both rear sensors. Even though my drivers side was good I replaced it at the same time. The ABS light hasn't been on for 4 days now..
Wait, your water pump is leaking? if so, that is your problem. Water pumps will slowly leak coolant if their about to go. The thermostat can get stuck open or closed. I'm not sure where it is located in a VW Golf 1997, but it is most-likely a pain to get to it should be done professionally.