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Re: Can I cut a hole thru the trunk to access fuel pump?
If you can do it without damaging anything. it is all up to you. I would make sure to seal it back tight after cutting the hole. Don't use anything bit a chisel. I have never seen it done but it's your car.
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This is some shots of me making my access panel for my fuel pump in my 86 Trans AM. The fuel tank is a 2002 plastic fuel tank. You'll notice ...
Oldsmobile Alero cars & trucks access fuel pump trunk questions and ... Some cars have an access panel in the trunk under the carpeting, near the back seat on the ... is there an access to the fuel pump beside dropping the tank not unless you cut a ... ...no access hole you have to take the fuel tank out to replace the pump.
You would have to figure out a way to cut the floor without cutting the tank. The gap is less than one inch. And the fuel lines come out with the sending unit. They have to be disconnected a few inches away from the sending unit.
Too bad GM doesnt provide a cover to access tank without dropping the tank. I would think creating this "hole" would be quite the endeavor and done correctly would add quite the additional time and expense. Decline cutting holes and drop the tank in order to service the pump/sender. Any reputable repair firm should or would never recomend this measure in order to access the pump in the fuel tank I would hope....
Cutting a hole in the trunk is not a bad idea, but you will have a problem. The hoses and wires are very close to the body and chances of cutting into them are good. You are limited in what you can use to cut the hole with. any power tools will make sparks (what you don't want anywhere near a fuel supply) You cannot use a torch either. A hole saw is the right way to cut the hole but it will be expensive for a good one that size and you cannot use it with the tank installed. You can use a good pair of sheet metal shears but the hole will be sloppy and unprofessional (and extreme care still must be used so stuff does not get cut.) Your best option is to bite the bullet and do the job correctly. Once the tank has been removed and is far away from the car, clean up all fuel residue (if you can smell fuel it's still there), then you can cut a nice hole for future repairs. You don't need instructions to cut a hole...make it large enough to get the pump through and so you can access lines to remove connectors. Make a nice cover for it and use very very short self tapping screws and silicone sealer to prevent leaks. If you do opt for cutting without removal, at least put a piece of sheet metal between pump connections and floor to avoid damaging wires & lines. (you may need to loosen tank straps to do this.) Good luck
yes, get the tank as close to empty as possible and then raise the car up as high as possible you will need at least 2 and a half to 3 feet off the ground to get the tank to clear the car body. been there done that.