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Car sat for a year - now the fuel pump won't work

Anyone know what is the first thing I should look for before dropping the fuel tank and replacing the fuel pump. Oh, and by the way I have no earthly clue what I'm doing. Any suggestions . . . but all my mechanically inclined friends say it's easy. okay easy for them . . then someone else suggested I should replace the fuel filters . . but I have no idea where they would be located. Couple that with a really really tight repair budget me and a few bucks!

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Do you hear the pump run for a few seconds then shut off when you turn the key on? If so, the pump is working properly and coming up to pressure. If not at all, or if it just keeps running, pump is gone. Very, very common in these cars. I did mine, wasn't that difficult, take your time and spray all the bolts down first if rusty. A second set of hands can be replaced by a floor jack under the tank (use a board or similar to protect the tank), but if you can get even a novice helper it would be a plus (things can get akward) Replacing the fuel filter (canister in middle of fuel line under car near the rear wheel well) at the same time is just about mandatory if the car sat for any length of time. Also, if you live near the water, or in a rust promoting climate such as New England, check your brake lines well too for heavy rust or dry-rot on the front rubber lines. Good Luck.

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I'm guessing that you have a fuel injected car from what you say about dropping the fuel tank. wouldn't hurt to make sure, if it's carbureted the fuel pump and fuel filter are in the engine compartment. if it is fuel injected the fuel pump is in the tank and the fuel filter is under the car along the frame rail on the passenger side. follow the line up from the tank. it's a big round thing. you have to pull a c-shaped clip off the line, then slide the line off the filter. some fuel will leak out, so be ready for that. then you have to loosen the clamp that goes around the whole filter and slide the filter out. then you put the new filter in and put the thing back together. that might not make your car run but that is how to do it.

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The fuel pump is in the fuel tank. You could try rapping on the tank first. As far as the fuel filter goes.look on the passenger side below the rear door it is located there it has two clips holding the fuel lines on pry them back with a flat tip screw driver put new filter on and replace the clips should take all of 10 minutes

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