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Old 09-05-2004, 19:01   #1 (permalink)
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Fuel pump removal

Is there a simple way to make a tool to remove the lock ring on the fuel pump?
The manual has a tool made from 25mm bar 5mm thick and with two right angle bends 144mm apart and bent to form two 60mm length legs with a slot in each to match the slots in the ring.
Could 3/8 or 1/2 inch rod be bent and used? The manual one has a square hole to take a spanner, but a hole could be drilled through a bar and put on the tool before it is bent.
Hardware stores have brackets which may be usable?
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Re: Fuel pump removal

a big screw driver and a hammer is all you need, just hit right where the little tabs sticking out are, as it starts to bend/break, stop and goto the next one, take it off anti-clockwise
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Old 09-06-2004, 03:46   #3 (permalink)
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Hey mate!

Just changed the pump in my EA - was very surprised to see that the tool needed user fabrication. My brother sorted that out with a grinder, steel bars and an arc-welder. We tried bashing away with well aimed screwdriver and hammer hits, but to no avail.

However, we prolly didnt have a big enough screwdriver.

The tool however, if you can make it, or get it made, is a bloody piece of piss to get that damned cover off. And yes, anti-clockwise.
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a big screw driver and a hammer is all you need,
What happens if the screwdriver slips while you're hitting it with a hammer and causes a spark?

BANG
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Old 09-07-2004, 18:00   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Fuel pump removal

I have some 3/8 rod which can be bent and the ends shaped to fit into the ring. Also have some 2 inch brass tube and that can be drilled to fit over the rod before it is bent.
Or maybe 1/2 inch and only short bend at the ends and a bend in the centre.
As well as the pump now think the steering pressure switch needs to be replaced.
The starter solenoid needs to be repaired.
Sealed the collets on the valve spring retainers to stop the oil leak which was fouling one plug and first trial was good. The leak must have upset the computer settings because there are some noticeable changes. Now get error codes which may not be real.
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Re: Fuel pump removal

Well my dodgy tool that I made consisted of 2 bits of wood attached together in a '+' shape. I then drilled a single hole in each of the 'arms' and stuck screwdrivers through these holes and made sure they all lined up on the little 'tabs'. Then you just twist the whole thing around (and it came off for me :-))
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Re: Fuel pump removal

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What happens if the screwdriver slips while you're hitting it with a hammer and causes a spark?

BANG
Highly unlikely as theres no fumes or fuel there till it's undone. Fuel vapour isn't as flammable as gas.

I just replace my 2nd pump in my EL this morning. It took me 10 mins tops. Tools 12" screw driver (flat blade) and a hammer.

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Old 09-07-2004, 23:30   #8 (permalink)
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You've been lucky.
I've seen this happen on an XA wagon, when my mate was taking out the pickup line.
So I'll never do it that way again
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You've been lucky.
I've seen this happen on an XA wagon, when my mate was taking out the pickup line.
So I'll never do it that way again
XA's don't have an electric pump. XA's run mechanical fuel pump. I gather you mean EA wagon? That should be the same. There should be an access panel in the back of the car so you shouldn't even have to get under it to replace it. I may be wrong.

Although I've replaced one in a VN commodore before and it was removal from underneath. It's a prick of a job as if the tanks no empty fuel goes everywhere. That one took me less than 10mins too. Not as easy as an EL though.

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Hi Brendan,

No ...... I mean XA wagon.
The XA has a mechanical fuel pump.
He was trying to fix the float in the tank
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