Changing a fuel pump is a fairly simple task for most shade-tree mechanics. However, in addition to mechanical know-how, the job requires the willingness to get a little messy. If you are planning to change your fuel pump soon, the following tips will help you take care of the job.

In most vehicles, the fuel pump is located inside the fuel tank. This requires removing the fuel tank from your vehicle so you can access the pump for replacement and clean the fuel tank. Obviously, this can be messy, and removing the fuel tank can be difficult. It’s advisable to drive your vehicle until the gas tank is as close to empty as possible. This ensures that you have less fuel to drain when you drop the tank. Obtain an approved container in which to store the fuel from the tank, and be sure to follow proper safety precautions to avoid a fire or other hazard.

Now you can remove the old fuel pump, clean the inside of the fuel tank, install the new one, and then reinstall the fuel tank. Depending on the vehicle, fuel pumps often connect differently, so check with your vehicle’s manufacturer for further details. The Internet is also a great place to go for step-by-step tutorials. Be sure to check often for up-to-date technical information, installation videos, and customer support. Getting the proper information before getting started will help ensure that you get your fuel pump installed properly and your vehicle runs the way it should.

This piece is meant to be a general overview of what is required to swap out an old fuel pump for a new, improved model that delivers better performance. Your car or truck may have other needs that aren’t addressed here. When you do change your fuel pump, look for a new, high-quality pump that will give your vehicle increased performance and better fuel mileage.


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