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Old 07-23-2010, 03:43 PM
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Default Consensus on Fuel Pump replacement - drop tank or lift bed?

Videos and posts say to lift the bed to replace the fuel pump. Mechanic friend says he'd drop the tank. If you've BTDT, what would you tell me to do?

216,000 miles, not as rusty underneath as I'd have guessed....

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Old 07-23-2010, 04:16 PM
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Videos and posts say to lift the bed to replace the fuel pump. Mechanic friend says he'd drop the tank. If you've BTDT, what would you tell me to do?

216,000 miles, not as rusty underneath as I'd have guessed....

Thanks,

Ron
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BTDT, LIFT THE BED. lol. I by no means am that good when it comes to repairs since I am still learning, and when we worked on the fuel pump we lifted the bed. 8 bolts, 3 screws, an electrical harness connector and it's ready to come off.
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I dunno man, I guess if I had to do it all over again, I would take the amount of gas in the tank into consideration. I had just filled the tank when mine went. What a PITA getting the gas out and into containers. 20 some gallons of gas is more than you would think. If I took that into consideration, I probably would have lifted the bed. On the other hand, if there is very little or no gas in the tank, it's not that bad to remove the tank, do the pump and put it back up. When it comes down to it I guess it's your call. Good luck, I am doing a fuel pump in my kids Saturn tonight. Same thing, a freshly full tank of gas, only this time I bought a power siphon to pump the gas into my truck, then I will drop the tank hehe.
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its just easier to lift the bed off and avoid the rusty eyes. unless you have minimal rust and low gas in the tank.
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If you have an impact wrench, pneumatic or electric, it's easier to spin the bed bolts off...even if you're alone. Then you scoot the bed back, replace the pump and reverse the procedure. I hate laying on my back fighting rusty, stuck fasteners like those on the tank straps. Just keep the bed fairly square if decide not to lift it off, then you just have to scoot it back in place after you finish the pump.
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It's not dropping the tank down that's the bitch... it's dealing with rusty/broken straps and then also trying to get it back in when you magically lost what feels like 2 inches on the straps. I've never lifted the bed, but I F-ing hate dropping them
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you should always be wearing safety glasses when working underneath a vehicle, rust shouldn't come into play.
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Lift the bed. It will make it much easier.
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Thanks for the replies, lifted the bed, job done in 90 minutes, decided to do rear shocks at the same time, too easy with the bed off.

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what did you do with the filler tube? does it just remain sticking up in the position it was attched to the filler door?
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