How To Change a Fuel Transfer Pump

Fuel is no question the lifeblood of all vehicles. With this, as a car owner, you need to give great attention to all vehicle parts that work directly with the fuel. This is to have you assured that your vehicle will be operating smoothly. One of the parts that you need to consider is the fuel transfer pump, especially if you have an auxiliary fuel tank.

Though hidden from your plain view, it is important to maintain fuel transfer pumps from time to time. Without them, the fuel will remain a useless liquid in your car’s operation. This serves as the portable equipment in transferring fuel from the auxiliary tank to the car’s main fuel tank. Therefore, in times that it needs replacement, you must not think twice of changing this fuel equipment. To help you with this task, here is a complete guide on how you can change a fuel transfer pump:

  1. Check the location of this fuel equipment first in your car model. Its placement in your car’s system greatly depends on the discretion of its manufacturers. You can look for it either check the user’s manual or locate it in your vehicle.
  2. Before touching anything in the fuel control system in the fuel tank, disconnect the car’s battery ground terminal. This is especially important if you have electric transfer pumps.
  3. Detach the cables and even hose from the transfer pump. It will be helpful on the reassembling process if you can label the cables with their corresponding connection details.
  4. Depending on the kind of fuel control transfer equipment, you can remove or detach it from the fuel ship or tank. If the pump is inside the transfer tank, you need to first remove the retaining ring of the fuel sending unit. In most cases, you can access this ring right after you detach the transfer tank. On the other hand, if the pump is external or portable, it can be easily removed using some tools from your auto toolbox. In fact, you just need to unscrew or release the bolts that are holding this fuel control equipment in place.
  5. Once the old transfer pump from the fuel ship is removed, you can compare this with the new one you will be installing as its replacement. You must analyze the parts, cables, hose, and its position so as you will know how you can properly install it.
  6. Reconnect all the wires with the use of your toolbox devices. If you have labeled the cables when you disconnected them earlier, this step is a pretty easy one for you.
  7. Secure all the bolts and then reconnect the battery ground terminal.
  8. You can start the engine now. To check whether the replacement task is successful or not, you need to inspect any fuel leak while the engine is switched on.

Given that you already know how to change fuel transfer pumps, you can always expect of a good fuel performance from your vehicle. Give life to the blood that powers your transportation buddy. Ensure that all its components are well-maintained.


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