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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Fuel Pump Removal- Help

I'm trying to install a new fuel pump. I've removed the access panel, the silver supports holding it in and the filler neck. However it still won't move. It shifts side to side and will move out about 2 inches but that's it. What else do i need to do?

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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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Check the top. sometimes the lines, etc. get caught on stuff and make it a bitch to get out.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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Theres no clearance on the top.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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Might have to trim the bottom edge of the opening a little. I use (xmas tree push ins) when I put cover panel back on with some black silicone to seal it up.
Keep workin at it, it'll come out..
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Old January 9th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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Old January 9th, 2013, 02:22 PM   #6
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I don't think the bottom can be trimmed. The tank sits flat on a surface that's about 2 feet thick.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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did it go bad?
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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:43 PM   #8
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The top opening on the tank has a raised lip/ring that gets "caught" on a fiberglass seam just inside the panel access... I trimmed it just enough with a cutoff wheel and also pushed down on top of tank while pulling it back. It's a fight, but it will come out of there.

Wear long sleeve shirt and gloves when working around that glass. Don't breathe the dust.
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Yes my pump went bad.

Coupe which part on the top do i trim? I can't see anything hung up anywhere near the front of the tank. The top of the tank has about 1 inch clearance before it hits the top of the trunk. Whatever it's hung up on has to be at least as far back as the pump and electrical plug ins. I can only get my hand in there about 8 inches.
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It was 5 years ago; I don't have the car anymore. If your clearance is totally clear up on top, then you will need to look all around the tank to see what's still connected. You do have the inner fenders out, right? The fuel line disconnected? Filler neck? Vent tube? electrical plugs? BOTH sides of the straps? Can't remember anything else...
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I have both straps off and the filler neck out. Why would i remove the inner fenders? I can't reach the fuel line or electrical plugs because theres no clearance to reach it. I'm trying to pull the tank into the trunk to disconnect everything but something is keeping it from moving. I"m guessing a short electrical plug.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 08:53 PM   #12
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Take out inner fenders for clearance to access that stuff... Will have to drill rivets, then re-rivet...line and filter are on drivers side if I recall. Good opportunity to clean dirt and grime out of the area too...if you do that sorta thing.
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After the fender wells are out do i need to remove the body panel with the rear window in it and the trunk lid?
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:50 AM   #14
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After the fender wells are out do i need to remove the body panel with the rear window in it and the trunk lid?
lol the fuel lines and electrical are keeping it from coming out. You can "peel up" the drivers side fenderwell enuff to get at that stuff.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #15
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I seriously hope your right about that. I just don't see how I'll be able to reach the top of the tank to unhook the electrical and fuel lines when there's no clearance above the tank to get a hand in there
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You have to cut away a fair amount of the top of that ledge that trunk liner to get it out. Probably more than you want, but it is a must if you want to get the tank out. When the panel goes back on, nobody will see the gap.
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No need to be fighting this; take the damn inner fenders out. You'll gain access that way. As mentioned above, you may also need to trim some fiberglass on top inside the access panel...
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Old January 12th, 2013, 04:25 PM   #18
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Glad this thread came up, going to upgrade my pumps here soon.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone for your help. I got the job done. Taking out that drivers side rear wheel well was the answer i was looking for. The rest was easy.
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I literally just pulled mine out 2 hours ago. Probably only took me an hour to get it drained and sitting on the floor. ( I had the pop rivets drilled already and just had clips holding the cover in place)

1) Disconnect fuel line at top of fuel filter
2) Run rubber hose from fuel line to gas jug
3) Short relay in trunk to run fuel pump and remove most of the gas from the tank
4) Remove cover in trunk
5) Remove pass side rear inner fender extension (the piece that bolts to the rear bumper)
6) Remove the plastic push clips from pass rear fender liner
7) Reach up and disconnect the vent hose from the filler neck.
8) Remove 3 screws from filler neck located under fuel door.
9) Remove filler neck
10) Disconnect rubber vent line beside fuel filter
11) Undo 2 strap nuts in trunk and move straps out of the way
12) Pull tank out and disconnect electrical connector from sending unit on top of the tank

I left both inner fenders riveted in and I found no need to touch the drivers rear fender at all. I also had no clearance issues removing the tank.. /shrug
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