A fuel pump is one of those automotive parts that works so smoothly for so long you forget it's even there. That is, until it finally goes out and you're faced with the task of replacing it. No matter what kind of car you're working on, replacing a fuel pump is a difficult job, but if you're up to the challenge, Automotive Supply Center in Hilo, HI, would like to offer these general guidelines.
The specifics will differ depending on your car, but you'll almost always:
- Disconnect The Battery: Working with electrical components is dangerous, so always disconnect the battery first.
- Drain The Fuel: Because the fuel pump is most likely inside the tank, you'll have to get as much gas out of the system as possible. Siphon or drain the tank, then disconnect the power line to the fuel pump.
- Lower The Tank: Disconnect the straps, bolts, or other supports to the gas tank and carefully lower it to the floor. Depending on the configuration of your vehicle, you should be able to get it down safely with a floor jack and block of wood.
- Replace The Pump: After disconnecting the fuel lines, remove the pump and verify you have the right part. Once you've installed the new pump, replace the fuel lines and reattach the tank. If everything went well, all that’s left to do is reconnect the power lines and battery, fuel the car up, and take it for a test drive.
Automotive Supply Center, established in 1965, is one of Hawaii's top providers of automotive supplies and car parts. They pride themselves on offering some of the best parts and lowest rates in the business, so visit their website to see what they have available. Call (808) 935-3767 with any questions, or drop by the shop to find the part you need today.