changing out gas tank and fuel pump

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Old 07-17-07, 07:53 PM
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changing out gas tank and fuel pump

i have a 2001 buick century and i backed over a sighn and now i need to take out the old gas tank and the fuel pump and put in the new tank with the old fuel pump, but im just a girl and i dont really know what im doing so im looking for some kind of idea at what im looking at here for doing it myself any advice will be a great help. thanks
a confused but willing to learn, samantha
 
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Hello Samantha and welcome to the Forums!

It's not entirely that difficult to drop a tank, just some caution is needed.

You will need a syphining hose which you can get at Autozone and some basic hand tools.

You would unscrew the bolts that are in the gas filler cap and then crawl up underneith.

It's handy to have a floor jack to support the tank while removing the two-three bolts that attach the tank to the underside.

You will notice metal straps under the tank, these are what hold it on. At the end of these straps will be the bolts.

With the tank supported, unbolt these straps.

You can now lower the tnak carefully. The fuel lines and harness should flex so you can remove them.

The pump should just twist or bolt off.
 
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A couple of extra pairs of hands is a big help, too.
 
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You don't want to create sparks, that's for sure. My Haynes manual advises that if you are trying to drive off the fuel pump ring to use a BRASS chisel to keep from creating a spark.
 
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Old 07-18-07, 04:32 PM
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Honestly, I am not sure this is something you should try if you do not have a mechanical background and a good variety of tools and being a girl has nothing to do with it.
I have a lot of experience with diy auto repair and have a very good selection of tools and equipment but having removed fuel tanks myself know what a miserable job it can be..

Something as simple as rusted strap bolts could stop you in your tracks if you don't have the right tools or technique.

You might want to come up with a different plan for this.
 
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Originally Posted by ecman51` View Post
You don't want to create sparks, that's for sure. My Haynes manual advises that if you are trying to drive off the fuel pump ring to use a BRASS chisel to keep from creating a spark.
i usally use a small peice of wood and a rubber hammer in case i miss the wood to get the snap ring off!!!!
 
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