Ok, job done! Thanks to a few catalytic converter replacements, because of California Smog laws, I had to first drop the exhaust, which is now one continuous piece all the way to the firewall. When I got that monstrosity out of the way, it was pretty simple, removed 2 rock guards and the rear heat shield, disconnected the fuel filter, and then the tank was accessible. Following the manual to the T, was necessary, when it came to the fuel lines and electrical connecters, because if I didn't do it in order, I would definitely have missed one! Next, used my floor jack with a small piece of plywood, which held the tank while I disconnected the 2 straps and lowered the tank. When I got the tank out, I cleaned it up quite a bit before pulling out the fuel pump, which looked perfect. I could not see any cracks or anything that would cause a problem, so I set it off to the side, figuring my problem was something else. After checking everything on the tank, and putting new o rings and retainer clips in all disconnected fuel lines, I was still not convinced that the fuel pump had any cracks, etc, so I put it back in, and buttoned everything up. The gas smell got better for a day, then came back 10x stronger, now with a big fuel leak. This time, I went straight to the pump, replaced it, and the smell immediately got better, for a day. When I took that new pump back to the auto parts store, we looked it over with a magnifying glass, and sure enough, under the nipple, a barely visible crack. We checked the new, new pump, and we were good. When I got home, the old pump was checked, and same exact crack. You guys called it! I really appreciate your help, and thank you for helping me save some money! The next day was my daughters' birthday, and I happily spent the saved money on her, so she says thank you too!
Monday, November 17th, 2014 AT 10:51 PM