1997 Dodge Caravan wont start

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JIM MCINTOSH
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 197,432 MILES
How hard is it to change the feul pump
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Saturday, November 21st, 2009 AT 5:51 PM

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Tiny
RASMATAZ
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How do you know its the fuel pump? Or shall I say what's the problem-replacing the pump is not an easy task-you have to drop the tank to get at it
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Saturday, November 21st, 2009 AT 5:56 PM
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M.STERN
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Not too bad. I just changed mine in the same type of vehicle. The hardest thing is getting the hose connectors to release. Lift the vehicle, I jacked it up and put it on ramps. Empty the tank as much as possible. I syphoned the gas out using a hose. Clean the top of the tank around the pump carefully. Disconnect the plug and hoses. There's a plastic piece inside the fitting. You have to push both sides in at the same time while pushing down on the fitting. You'll need a strap wrench to loosen the fuel pump collar. I'd do this while it's still strapped in, but don't remove it until you get the tank down. Place a floor jack under the tank to support it. Remove the bolts holding the straps. Gently let the tank down. Wipe off the area around the collar. Remove the collar. Remove the o'ring. Remove the pump. Install the new pump and o'ring, careful that it points the same way as the one that came out. Put the collar back on, hand tight, for now. Jack the tank back into position. Bolt the straps back up. Now tighten the collar using the strap wrench. Connect the hoses, making sure the inside clips lock on both sides. Coonect the electrical plug. Add gas. Turn key on and you should hear the pump whir. It may take a few seconds for the gas to get to the engine. Careful when you disconnect the hoses, gas will leak out. The fuel pump holds gas in it, so again, be careful and try to catch the spill. That's about it.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 8:18 AM

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