How to Fix a Damaged Fuel Pump Seal
When you start to smell fuel from your vehicle's fuel pump, there's a good chance that it might be leaking because of a broken fuel pump seal. Fortunately, you don't have to push the panic button just yet because you can replace a busted fuel pump seal in a jiffy. If you want to know how, just read on!
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Phillips screwdriver
- Soft brush
- Vacuum cleaner
Step 1: Make sure that you remove the fuel pump fuse
Step 2: Start your vehicle's engine, and let it run out of gas.
Step 3: Using pliers, disconnect your vehicle's battery.
Step 4: Find the fuel tank access panel. This is located behind the rear passenger side seat.
Step 5: Using a screwdriver, remove the three screws that that hold the fuel pump cover in place.
Step 6: Gently pull fuel pump's electrical connector.
Step 7: Using a soft brush or vacuum cleaner, clean the area where the electrical connector has been removed.
Step 8: Remove the hose clamps of the fuel pump by using a screwdriver. Don't forget to place a rag underneath because there might be some fuel leakage.
Step 9: Gently remove the hoses of the fuel pump.
Step 10: When both hoses of the fuel pump are already removed, use a screwdriver and hammer to remove the plastic ring in a counterclockwise direction.
Step 11: Using a screwdriver, remove the fuel pump cover plate, so you can have access to the damaged fuel pump seal.
Step 12: Remove the fuel pump seal.
Step 13: Install a new fuel pump seal the same way that the old one was installed.
Step 14: Reinstall the fuel cover, plastic ring, and hose clamps. Reconnect the electrical connectors, battery, and fuel pump hose.
To check whether the newly installed fuel pump seal is working, start your vehicle's engine. If there's no gas smell, it means that you were able to install the fuel pump seal properly.