Which Tools Are Needed to Replace A Fuel Pump?

Need to replace your fuel pump? Wondering if you can do it with the stuff you already have in your garage?

Surprisingly, replacing a fuel pump requires only basic tools. The entire project takes two to three hours, depending on your skill level and the complexity of your fuel system. It’s a task you can easily tackle in an afternoon.

So which tools do you need to have in your garage before starting the project? Read on to find out.

Essential Tools for Replacing a Fuel Pump

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Having the right tools is the key to a quick and easy project. This comprehensive list is all you need:

  • A large piece of cardboard (to absorb any spilled fuel; if you don’t have this on hand, you can also use rags or kitty litter).
  • A car jack and jack stands (or a ramp like Kwik-Lift).
  • A hand siphon pump.
  • An approved fuel container or a fuel caddy to contain the fuel for when you empty out the fuel tank.
  • A standard wrench and/or socket set.

Replacing the fuel pump is an easy and straightforward process. Below is a brief overview that applies to most vehicles. For specifics on your vehicle, check the instructions that come with the pump. If you haven't purchased the pump, search YouTube.

  • If possible, drive the car until the fuel gauge indicator hits the reserve level.
  • Siphon all remaining fuel out of the tank.
  • Drop the tank.
  • Remove the old pump and replace it.

Handy Tips That’ll Make the Project Easier

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Make your project a little bit easier with these tips:

  • Refer to your owner’s manual for information on removing the fuel pump assembly from the fuel tank. It’ll tell you which screws and/or bolts to remove and which sockets and/or wrenches are required.
  • Try to wait until your fuel tank is empty or nearly empty to do this project. Gasoline weighs about 8 lbs per gallon. Even a half full fuel tank is heavy and can be difficult to handle while dropping it from the vehicle.
  • Even when at the reserve level, your tank could still have 3 to 4 gallons of gas in it. We advise siphoning that out before lowering the tank.
  • When shopping for a replacement fuel pump, be sure to look for one that’s both well built and OE quality. Auteria is a popular choice among car owners.
  • Keep in mind that you’re working with gasoline, which is highly flammable. For safety:
    • Don’t smoke during the project.
    • Keep all sources of sparks or flames – even light bulbs – away at all times.
    • Do not use an electric siphon pump. Always use a hand siphon pump when dealing with gasoline.
    • Do not do the job in an enclosed space. Leave the garage door open, or work on the driveway.
    • If you absorb fuel with cardboard, rags, etc. do not throw them in the trash immediately. Let them sit outdoors until the gasoline evaporates.
  • If you see sediment in your tank:
    • This is common and could be why your old pump failed. You can remove it with a rag or perhaps a small plastic toy shovel. Do not use a shop vac.
    • Do not throw the sediment in the trash until the fuel has evaporated out of it.
    • If you see a lot of sediment, it may be simpler to replace the tank.

Additional Resources

Want to know how to diagnose a failing fuel pump, how much a DIY replacement will cost, and more? We have all the information you need right here: