Fuel pump replacement

Tiny
MARLOAUTO
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  • 1996 ACURA TL
How do you remove the gas tank I have removed all straps and lines?
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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 AT 9:50 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Here is a guide to help walk you through the steps of removing the tank and diagrams below to show you how on your car.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-an-electric-fuel-pump

WARNING: Do not smoke while working on fuel system. Keep open flame away from your work area.

1. Relieve the fuel pressure.
2. Jack up the vehicle, and support it with jack stands.
3. Remove the drain bolt, and drain the fuel into an approved container.
4. Remove the fuel pipe cover and fuel hose protector and remove the fuel tank cover.
5. Disconnect the hoses.

CAUTION:
- When disconnecting the hoses, slide back the clamps, then twist hoses as you pull, to avoid damaging then
- Clean the flared joint of high pressure hoses thoroughly before reconnecting them.

6. Place a jack, or other support, under the tank.
7. Remove the strap nuts, and let the straps fall free.
8. Disconnect the 2P and 3P connectors.
9. Remove the fuel tank.

NOTE: The tank may stick on the undercoat applied to its mount. To remove, carefully pry it off the mount.

10. Install the drain bolt with a new washer, then coat the drain bolt with Noxrust 124B.
Allow the Noxrust to dry for 20 minutes.

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 AT 12:27 PM
Tiny
RAT3170
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  • 1997 ACURA TL
  • 2.5L
  • 5 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 189,000 MILES
I need step by step instructions for removing the fuel tank on my car.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
STEVE W.
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Relieve the fuel pressure.
Jack up the vehicle, and support it with jack-stands.
Remove the tank drain bolt, and drain the fuel.
Remove the fuel tank cover. And the fill pipe protector
Disconnect the hoses from the fill pipe, pump, Slide back the clamps, then twist hoses as you pull, to avoid damaging them.
Place a jack, or other support, under the tank.
Remove the tank strap nuts, and let the straps fall free.
Gently lower tank.
Disconnect the power connectors and any fuel/vent lines from the tank/pump/sender unit.
Remove the fuel tank.

If you are in a state that uses salt or the car came from a state that does be prepared to have pinholes rusted in the tank and needing to replace it because of that.

Install the drain bolt with a new washer, then coat the drain bolt with Noxrust
Reverse the order of removal to put the tank back in.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Thanks for your response. I have removed all the things (mentioned previously)that should allow the tank to tilt. Although it acts as if there is something preventing it from tilting to access the vent tube and other items which need to be disconnected before letting the tank down. I have removed the back seat and I do not see anything that seems to be attached to the tank. I read in a previous post that prying the tank may be necessary. I have tried prying and it does not seem to be releasing the tank. It seems as if there is something preventing it from releasing freely.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
STEVE W.
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They tended to coat them with a LOT of undercoating. Acts like glue and bonds the tank in place. If you have the fill tube and those parts off the undercoat is probably the problem.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
LILCLEVER2010
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  • 1997 ACURA TL
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 188,000 MILES
I am trying to replace the fuel pump on my car. I have taken all the lines and straps loose but the tank still will not come off the car. So my question is, how do replace a fuel pump on this make and model?
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Tiny
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Note: The tank may stick on the undercoat applied to its mount. To remove, carefully pry it off the mount.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
RAT3170
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Where is the tank's mount located? My car's tank is secured by two straps. I am experiencing the same issue although my car is equipped with the 2.5L engine instead of 3.2L.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KEN
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Yes, there are two straps, but there is an undercoating strap that acts like glue. Pull down on the tank and it will come loose.

Let me know how it goes.

Best, Ken
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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I literally just figured out how to do this. I had the same problem, straps gone, could not drop the tank. We removed the back seat and used a heat gun on the frame to warm up the bonding/tape while somebody else pried on tank with a pry-bar. Popped right off! Hope this helps!
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KEN
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Great addition to this thread! Please feel free to help out whenever you are on the site. :)

Cheers, Ken
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BGRAHAM
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Where is the fuel pump located in a '97 Acura 3.3 TL?
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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It is located inside the fuel tank and the tank has to be removed to access it.
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Tiny
DIFREY
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  • 1999 ACURA TL
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  • FWD
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Have a new fuel pump that gets power intermittently. Cannot locate fuel pump relay switch.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Check and test the PGM-FI main relay at left side of dash it powers the pump thru the black and yellow
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