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Fuel pump replacement

Where is the fuel pump located on my 1998 vw golf 2.0 litre,is it a difficult job?

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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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Most fuel pumps are electric nowadays. Often, they are located within the fuel tank itself, though some models of cars may have 2 pumps.

Locate your fuel pump. If it is in the fuel tank there is usually a circular inspection cover held down with screws.

Disconnect your battery (but remember the radio code will have to be reinstalled..)
Undo the screws.
Make a note of the coloured wires and which connections they go to. Undo the wires.

Different cars have different fittings to attach the fuel pump. You will need a wrench or two to undo/disconnect the fuel line and pump retaing bolts.

Again, with an in-tank fuel pump, it is easily lifted out. It is not a big or difficult job. What you see in front of you will be self-explanatory.

Other locations for an electric fuel pump:
Close to the fuel tank
Underneath the car (just follow the fuel line from the engine..)
In the engine bay.

Years ago I owned a VW Golf Estate (think they're called station wagons in the States..). The fuel pump was in-tank beneath an inspection cover. It was very easy to change.

You will be able to do the job within an hour, irrespective where the pump is. Just remember to disconnect that battery first ...

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