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#16 UncleWillie OFFLINE  

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Posted March 14, 2016 - 10:17 PM

If you didn't all live in the crust belt it wouldn't be so hard to take six bolts off and put them back on. 


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Posted March 14, 2016 - 10:25 PM

Hate to post this, but sometimes it is just easier to write the check  :tapping_fingers:


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 05:46 AM

Hate to post this, but sometimes it is just easier to write the check  :tapping_fingers:

I have replaced a couple, and when it happened, I hardly had the $$$ for the pump bought at wholesale, let alone paying retail (those shops gotta mark them up, make $$$ on both the parts and the labor) plus the labor to have it done, plus usually a tow bill because as has been said dead fuel pump= truck won't run until new pump is in...

 

these days good chance those bolts are Loctited in... 

and what idiot came up with Torx anyway, and WHY??? they are always a PITA no matter the application.


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 07:11 AM

Note to self....

 

Do not make any Fix Or Repair Daily comments,

Do not make any Found On Road Dead comments,

 

 

:poke:  :poke: :poke:  :D  :D  :D  

 

 

Sorry about your fuel pump, that's one of those it doesn't matter make/model, just "when" will it go out.

I lost one in the Tahoe a few years, had to go to downtown Cincinnati for a funeral.....in the worst part of the whole town, Over the Rhine. Pump died right as I parked. Talk about being a scare white redneck in the wrong side of town.

Thankfully I have a 3" body lift, I can unhook everything on top without even removing tank.

 

Sounds like your only 2 options are dropping tank or cutting hole in the bed. :wallbanging:


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 08:18 AM

Not a pickup but the fuel pump went out of my '97 Dodge Intrepid a few years back.  On those you open the trunk,  roll back the carpet exposing the access plate.

Wouldn't it have been too smart to put an access in the bed of a truck??? These people are engineers, folks!


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Wouldn't it have been too smart to put an access in the bed of a truck??? These people are engineers, folks!

 

Then more people would be apt to change it themselves than take it to a dealer and pay the overpriced dealer charges. They ( manufacturers) know what they are doing.


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 12:08 PM

Do the manufacturers really give a rat's thing if the dealers get service work?



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Posted March 15, 2016 - 01:31 PM

I heat those bolts up prior  to removing, did that on my sons ford few years back.  Most pickups easiest access to pump is taking the box off otherwise good chance of disturbing crusty old fuel lines that will need replaced if you remove gas tank to get at pump. Have fun.



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Posted March 15, 2016 - 01:58 PM

John, we may need to use the 'sarcasm horn' as your avatar....

Possibly Grumpy was being sarcastic.Na.



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Posted March 15, 2016 - 02:04 PM

I run into this all the time at work and I just weld big nuts to the top of the bolt and they come right out, the heat from welding helps loosen things up. I've probably broken about 50 of those torx bits over the years but snap on keeps replacing it.
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Posted March 15, 2016 - 02:25 PM

We use to drop the tank, but we had lifts, transmission jack and a fuel caddy with a pump. Otherwise it's easier to remove the bed, but almost as easy is measuring where the pump is and like someone said, cut a square out, change the pump and use a couple of pieces of sheet metal for tabs and screw the patch back in with sealer. Tabs on bottom, screws on top. I've done this more than once in the backyard.



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Posted March 15, 2016 - 02:45 PM

I heat those bolts up prior  to removing, did that on my sons ford few years back.

Did any of you ever find a gas leak while doing all of that heating under there?

 

I got the bolts this morning. A Milwaukee 7" angle grinder made very short work of it. I ordered new bolts from NAPA, $66. Now I have to go find 3 guys with nothing better to do.


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 05:23 PM

Your angle grinder woul

 

Did any of you ever find a gas leak while doing all of that heating under there?

 

I got the bolts this morning. A Milwaukee 7" angle grinder made very short work of it. I ordered new bolts from NAPA, $66. Now I have to go find 3 guys with nothing better to do.

 

Your angle grinder would have lit up a gas leak as quickly as a torch would.  I like the idea of just cutting a hole in the bed floor and then patching it back in. This will definitely be how I do it when it eventually needs done.

 

Jim


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 06:22 PM

I have cut the hole in the bed, I have lifted the bed, and I've dropped the tank on all of the major 3 brands as well as on 2 Jeep Gladiators.

None are easy, each was based on the amount of rust and tools available at the time.

BUT EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM WAS WHEN THE TANK WAS FULL :wallbanging:

 

Maybe if I wasn't so slow I would quit filling my tanks ! :rolling:

 

Hope it goes well for you from here on out.



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Posted March 15, 2016 - 06:45 PM

buy an older truck with a mechanical pump next time.






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