Replaceing a fuel pump

Tiny
DAVID WOOD
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  • 1996 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
How do I replace a fuel pump. What steps do I need to take and safely?Is there anything I need to know?
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 AT 3:56 PM

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Tiny
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You need to make sure there is no pressure on the fuel system, there is probably a schrader valve on the fuel rail, under the hood. Sorry, I don't have a picture of location.

Will the pump make any pressure at all? If it will make some pressure, it can help drain the tank. Then, You'll have to drop the gas tank. Take all lines loose.

Are you handy around a vehicle, do you have a basic set of tools? If the answer is no, you may need to take it to a shop.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 AT 4:46 PM
Tiny
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Thank U. Yes im handy with tools, I have them, also. This schrader valve If I open it, it will drain the tank?That would be nice.U say its on the line under the hood?Im trying to find a location.I wish I had a manuel. Its not getting any presure, its dead.I understand I need to replace the sock also.I can just unplugg the pump easly, (eletrical wires)correct?IF I disconect this valve can I drain the gas out of the tank from there.I think its full.I believe I can save this gas also, for re-use. Thank u.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 AT 5:32 PM
Tiny
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No, the schrader valve will only drain the pressure off system. If the pump won't run at all, you need to check voltage and ground at the pump connector. If you decide it is the pump, you can siphon the gas out. They used to have some funny names for a siphon hose, a poor boys credit card, I don't remember. Lol

The autostore used to sell a siphon thing, plastic, I don't know how well they worked? Some makes and models, I'd take the fill hose loose from gas tank, then the siphon hose has a straight shot into the tank.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 AT 6:13 PM

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