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Replace fuel pump

Drop fuel tank and replace fuel pump

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Removal & Installation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and relieve the fuel system pressure.
  2. Siphon or pump as much fuel as possible out through the fuel filler pipe.
Fuel injected vehicles have reservoirs inside the fuel tank to maintain fuel near the fuel pick-up during cornering or low-fuel operation. These reservoirs could block siphon hoses or tubes from reaching the bottom of the fuel tank. Repeated attempts, using different hose orientations, can overcome this obstacle.
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. If equipped, remove the skid plate attaching bolts, then lower the plate and remove it.
On Explorer/Mountaineer models, the front fuel tank strap is bolted to the skid plate and will be disconnected when the plate is removed.
  1. Disconnect the fuel fill and vent hoses connecting the filler pipe to the tank.
  2. On vehicles equipped with a metal retainer fastening the filler pipe to the fuel tank, remove the screw holding the retainer to the fuel tank flange.
  3. Disengage the fuel lines and the electrical connections to the fuel tank sending unit/fuel pump assembly. On some vehicles, these are inaccessible on top of the tank. In this case, they must be disconnected when the tank is partially lowered.
  4. Place a safety support (such as a floor jack) under the fuel tank and remove the bolts from the fuel tank straps. Allow the straps to swing out of the way. Be careful not to deform the fuel tank.
On Ranger vehicles, the rear fuel tank strap has two connections which must be unbolted.
  1. Lower the tank a few inches, then detach the fuel lines and electrical connection from the sending unit/fuel pump assembly, if required.
  2. Remove the tank from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Before installation, it would be wise to perform the following:
    1. Double-check the tightness of the sending unit/fuel pump locking ring. If it is already loose, now would be a good time to remove it and check the condition of the gasket underneath.
    2. Ensure that all metal shields are reinstalled in their original positions and that the fasteners are secure.
    3. Be sure that the fuel vapor valve is completely installed on top of the fuel tank.
    4. Make all necessary fuel line or wiring connections which will be inaccessible after the fuel tank is installed.
  2. Raise the fuel tank into position in the vehicle. If necessary, attach the fuel lines and sending unit electrical connector before the tank is in its final position.
  3. Lubricate the fuel filler pipe with a water-based lubricant. Install the tank onto the filler pipe, then bring the tank into final position. Be careful not to deform the tank.
  4. Position the tank straps around the tank and start the retaining nut or bolt. Align the tank with the straps. If equipped, be sure the fuel tank shields are installed with the straps and are positioned correctly.
  5. Check the hoses and wiring on top of the tank. Make sure they are correctly routed and will not be pinched between the tank and body.
  6. Tighten the fuel tank strap retaining nuts or bolts to 20-5 ft. lbs. (3-41 Nm).
  7. If not already attached, connect the fuel hoses and lines. Make sure the fuel supply, fuel return (if present) and the vapor vent attachments are made properly. If not already attached, connect the sending unit.
  8. If removed, install the fuel tank skid plate.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Fill the tank with fuel and check all connections for leaks.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Oct 26, 2009

    Removal & Installation
    To gain access to the fuel pump, it is necessary to remove the fuel tank.



    1. Depressurize the fuel system and remove the fuel tank from the vehicle.


    2. Remove any dirt that has accumulated around the fuel pump attaching flange, to prevent it from entering the tank during service.


    3. Turn the fuel pump locking ring counterclockwise using a locking ring removal tool and remove the locking ring.


    4. Remove the fuel pump and bracket assembly.


    5. Remove the seal gasket and discard it.

    To install:



    1. Put a light coating of heavy grease on a new seal ring to hold it in place during assembly. Install it in fuel tank ring groove.






    1. Insert the fuel pump assembly into the fuel tank, then secure it in place with the locking ring. Tighten the ring until secure.


    2. Install the tank in the vehicle.


    3. Install a minimum of 10 gallons of fuel and check for leaks.


    4. Install a pressure gauge on the throttle body valve and turn the ignition ON for 3 seconds. Turn the key OFF, then repeat the key cycle five to ten times until the pressure gauge shows at least 30 psi. Reinspect for leaks at the fittings.


    5. Remove the pressure gauge. Start the engine and check for fuel leaks.

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SOURCE: 2000 PONTIAC FIREBIRD FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT

Many of the Pontiacs of that era up to even present models had an access panel in the trunk that you could access through the back seat pass through.

Its been a while since I seen the inside of a Firebird, but in thinking about it the back seat pass through may not be present on the Firebird, but it may be worth the time to lift up the carpeting in the trunk area and see if there is an access panel to the fuel pump.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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Anonymous

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SOURCE: fuel pump removal?? drop the tank?????

See if access can be through trunk..I"ve cut a square hole above pump in trunk floor on other makes works fine..I've got electric sheet metal shears,,looks like drill..but CAREFULLY use air chisel too

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: 2001 ford focus fuel pump

Yes you do. Be careful of the plastic fuel supply line when you reinstall the assembly. The hose can kink, and you will not have fuel pressure.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

wekjo

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SOURCE: Can the fuel pump be accessed and replaced without

Yes, get a torch and burn a very large diameter hole through the trunk area and down into the gas tank. If you are still alive after the explosion, the pump will be right there and you can change it.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010

Ron Rossman

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SOURCE: 2002 Xterra fuel pump replacement

No, like others said, there's an access plate under the rear seats. Most imports (Honda, Toyota, Nissan) have this access plate to get to the pump. Some domestics don't (90's Camaros etc)

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

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