Have you ever replaced one in a Dakota? If not, I recommend that you remove the bed rather than trying to get the tank out. The plastic tanks are very easy to crack, and the straps are usually so rusted, they are almost impossible to remove without breaking. There are 8 bolts that holld the bed on. Just disconnect the wiring for the lights, take the 8 bolts out, and have someone help you take the bed off. It's really easy after that. You have complete access to the tank, fuel lines and power. Just be careful when you disconnect the fuel lines. They may still be under pressure causing fuel to spray everywhere. Also, the plastic retainers are easy to break, so be easy with them. Finally, before you remove you old pump, clean the top of the tank or you'll have dirt all through the tank. It is a pain to try to clean it.
I woud like to hear how it goes for you. I feel confident you're on the right track. Email me back to let me know if it fixes your problem. If not, we'll go from there.
Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 AT 10:04 PM