How to Change The Fuel Pump in Honda Cars

by Contributing Writer

The Honda car is one of the most popular vehicles on the road today. In fact, Edmunds sites the Honda car as an "automotive icon and one of our editors' top recommendations. " By blending performance and reliability, this main stay has been a Honda car staple for over three decades. However, as with any vehicle, after a number of years the vehicle may develop problems by being exposed to contaminates such as dirt and water that can affect the fuel system. These elements can cause fuel pump failure.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change The Fuel Pump in a 1993 Honda Accord

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery with a socket and ratchet.

Jack the rear end of the vehicle up and place it on jack stands.

Remove the gas cap to relieve pressure on the fuel system.

Remove the left front wheel from the vehicle using an impact wrench or tire iron.

Remove the bolts that secure the fuel pump cover on to the left side of the gas tank housing with a socket and ratchet. You can easily locate the fuel pump because the metal fuel line goes into the cover.

Remove the three bolts that secure the fuel pump to its mounting location with a socket and ratchet.

Disconnect the electrical connectors from the fuel pump.

Disconnect the fuel hose clamp with pliers and then pull the flared fuel line fitting from the hose thus releasing the pump from the hose.

Slide the flared fuel line fitting onto the pump and secure it with the fuel hose clamp using your pliers.

Bolt the new pump onto the pump's mounting location using the three bolts and a socket and ratchet.

Reattach the wiring connectors to the fuel pump by pushing the two connectors together.

Secure the fuel pump cover to the left side of the gas tank.

Place the wheel back onto the vehicle and secure it with the lug nuts using the impact wrench or tire iron.

Close the gas cap.

Remove the vehicle from the jack stands.

Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery using a socket and ratchet.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Tire Iron

  • Pliers

 How Do I Change a Fuel Pump For a 1988 Honda Accord LX?

Fuel Pump Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable by loosening the nut on the cable end. Set the cable to the side so that it does not touch the battery terminal. Remove the gas cap.

Fold back the carpet in the trunk. Remove the screws in the fuel pump access cover and remove the cover. Disconnect the electrical connector from the fuel pump.

Squeeze the hose clamps on the fuel lines with a pair of pliers and slide the clamps back on the fuel line. Twist the fuel lines, while pulling on them, to remove them.

Remove the nuts that secure the fuel pump with a ratchet, extension and socket. Lift the fuel pump out of the tank. It may be necessary to twist, turn or maneuver the fuel pump to remove it from the gas tank.

Fuel Pump Installation

Slide the new fuel pump into the gas tank in the same position as the old fuel pump. Install the nuts on the fuel pump and tighten them.

Reinstall the fuel lines onto the same fittings that they were removed from. Slide the hose clamps to the end of the fuel lines to secure them. Reconnect the wiring harness.

Reconnect the negative battery cable and tighten the nut. Reinstall the gas cap. Turn the key to the "ON" position then back off several times to build fuel pressure in the fuel lines from the fuel pump to the engine.

Start the Accord. Check for leaks at the fuel pump and fuel lines that were removed. Reinstall the access cover and tighten the screws. Replace the carpet back in the trunk area.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet

  • Extension

  • Sockets

  • Screwdrivers

  • Pliers

  • Shop rags

  • Replacement fuel pump

 How to Replace a Fuel Pump in a 1997 Honda Civic

Remove the seat cushion retaining bolts with a socket wrench. The two bolts are located under the front of the seat cushion. Pull the cushion from the interior after removing the bolts.

Remove the four retaining bolts with a Phillips screwdriver holding the fuel pump access cover in place. The cover is the oval-shaped object revealed after removing the seat cushion.

Unplug the electrical connection from the fuel pump. If you can't detach the connection by hand, a small standard screwdriver can be used.

Start the vehicle and let it run until it stalls. Remove the gas filler cap. This will relieve the fuel system pressure.

Detach the fuel line running to the fuel pump with a socket wrench.

Remove the six retaining nuts with a socket wrench holding the fuel pump to the gas tank. Lift the pump from the gas tank, angling it slightly to avoid scratching the screen at the bottom of the pump.

Remove the fuel pump bracket from the fuel pump with a wrench. Attach the bracket to the replacement pump.

Place the seal over the edge of the access hole for the fuel pump. Place the fuel pump and bracket over the seal. Tighten the bolts with a socket wrench attaching the fuel pump and bracket to the fuel tank.

Plug in the electrical connection to the connector on the fuel pump. Attach the fuel line to the pump with a wrench, using a new o-ring over the line to properly seal the line.

Place the fuel pump access cover over the fuel pump. Replace the four retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

Replace the fuel filler cap.

Place the seat cushion in position. Install the two retaining bolts with a socket wrench at the bottom of the seat cushion.

Start the vehicle. Allow the engine to idle in "Park" or "Neutral" for 5 minutes, allowing the engine to learn the correct idle before driving the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Small standard screwdriver

  • Fuel line o-ring

 How to Replace the Fuel Pump on a '95 Honda Civic

Remove the Fuel Pump

Disconnect the Civic's battery. Remove the fuel cap to relieve pressure from the fuel tank.

Remove the rear seat track retaining bolts. Remove the seat.

Remove the four screws holding the access cover on.

Disconnect the wiring harnesses and remove the clamp from the return fuel line.

Unscrew the banjo belt from the fuel line. Unscrew the six bolts from the top of the fuel tank in a crisscross pattern. Have some rags nearby and remove the fuel pump from the tank.

Remove the electrical connector. Remove the green clip, then the black plug.

Remove the rubber isolator from the bottom clip and the bottom hose. The rubber insulator will be used again on the new fuel pump.

Remove the clamp with pliers. The pump will now be separated from the assembly.

Install the New Fuel Pump

Install the new isolator on the sock filter. It will install on the new fuel pump just as it was on the old one. Use a small socket and even pressure to install it.

Measure and cut a new fuel hose. Install the new fuel hose and loosely tighten the clamps.

Install the fuel pump and then fully tighten the clamps. Plug in the harness and electrical connector.

Installation of the new fuel pump is the reverse of removal.

Items you will need

  • 2 wrenches

  • Clean rags

  • Screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • Socket set

  • Rubber piping

  • Measuring tape

  • Knife

 How to Replace a Fuel Pump in a Honda CR-V

Determine the fuel pump that your Honda CR-V will require. This depends on the make and model and engine size of your vehicle. Models made from 1996 to 2001 have a 2.0 L B20B or B20Z engine and models made after 2001 may be equipped with a 2.0 L, 2.2 L turbodiesel or 2.4 L engine.

Relieve the fuel system pressure and disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket wrench. Access the fuel pump by taking out the rear seat and removing the maintenance access cover. Unplug the fuel pump's electrical connection, fuel supply line and fuel return line. Cover the connector and pipe with plastic and have a towel handy to soak up excess fuel.

Disconnect the fuel pump by removing the fuel pump locknut with tool 07AAA-S0XA100. Discard the gasket and O-ring.

Install the new fuel pump using the items included in the kit, especially the gasket and O-ring. Tighten the fuel pump locknut to 69 foot pounds with tool 07AAA-S0XA100 and a torque wrench.

Complete the installation by reversing the removal procedure.

Items you will need

  • Fuel pump kit

  • Shop towel

  • Socket wrench set

  • Tool 07AAA-S0XA100

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace a Fuel Pump in a Honda CRX

Disconnect the negative battery cable and locate your fuel pump. The CRX fuel pump is on the passenger side of the engine bay.

Remove the plastic fuel pump cover and set it aside.

Mark the fuel lines for their location, and then carefully twist and pull the lines to remove them. Clamp the ends of the fuel pump lines to reduce spilling.

Remove the two fuel-pump retaining bolts (front of the fuel pump) and remove the fuel pump and gasket. If the gasket will not come off easily, carefully scrape the mounting area to pry it off. The old gasket cannot be reused.

Thoroughly clean the mounting surface with a rag.

Mount the new fuel pump and gasket. Use the torque wrench to tighten the bolts to 17 foot-pounds of torque.

Remove the clamps and reattach the fuel lines in their proper location. Replace the plastic fuel pump cover. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

  • Line clamps

  • Rag

  • Replacement fuel pump

  • Replacement gasket

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace a Fuel Pump in a Honda Accord

Determine which fuel pump your Honda Accord will need. This depends not only on the make and model, but also the engine size. Models made from 1976 to 1985 have a 1.6L or 1.8L engine and 1986 to 1989 models have a 2.0L engine. Models built from 1990 to 1993 are equipped with a 2.2L engine. Models made from 1994 to 1997 have a 2.2L or a 2.7L engine.

Look at more recent generations of the Honda Accord. Models manufactured from 1998 to 2002 have 2.3L or 3.0L engines and models made from 2003 to 2007 will have a 2.4L or 3.0L engine. The eighth generation of the Honda Accord debuted in 2008 and is available with 2.0L, 2.2L, 2.4L and 2.2L turbo diesel engines.

Prepare your vehicle for fuel pump servicing. Relieve the fuel system pressure and disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket wrench. Remove the spare tire cover (if present) and trunk floor so that you can open the access panel and disconnect the electrical connection from the fuel pump.

Remove the fuel pump's electrical connector and disconnect the quick connect fitting from the fuel pump. Remove the fuel tank locknut using tool 07AAA-S0XA100 or the fuel tank retaining bolts with a socket wrench, depending on the year and engine. Remove the fuel tank.

Install the new fuel pump using the items included in the kit and be sure to replace the gasket and O-rings. Align the arrows on the fuel tank and pump.

Complete the installation by reversing the removal procedure.

Items you will need

  • Fuel pump kit

  • Socket wrench set

  • Tool 07AAA-S0XA100

 How to Replace a Fuel Pump in a 92 Accord

Removal

Loosen the negative battery terminal with a wrench and remove the cable. Place the cable out of the work area away from the battery.

Depressurize the fuel system. While the engine is cold, unscrew the fuel filling cap and set it aside. Place a 6mm wrench at the top of the fuel pipe. Take another wrench and attach it to the banjo bolt. Using the 6mm wrench, turn the bolt one turn. Use a rag over the fitting to avoid spray.

Position the floor jack and raise the vehicle. Insert the jack stands and lower the vehicle down onto them.

Locate the drain plug on the bottom of the fuel tank. Use a wrench to remove it and allow the fuel to drain into your drain pan.

Open the trunk and locate the wire harness and connector for the fuel pump. Disconnect them.

Locate the fuel line protector and valve cover. Remove these using a wrench. Disconnect all lines and hoses that are attached to the fuel pump. Use wrenches to remove fuel lines.

Insert the floor jack underneath the fuel tank and raise it up until it just touches the tank.

Disconnect the fuel tank straps by removing the retaining nuts. Perform this with a ratchet and allow the straps to hang down.

Lower the floor jack to remove the fuel tank. Locate the nuts that hold the fuel pump in. Remove these with a wrench and pull the fuel pump out of the tank.

Installation

Insert the new fuel pump into the tank and take care to ensure that it is completely sealed.

Raise the fuel tank back into the car using the floor jack. Tighten the fuel tank strap down by tightening the strap nuts. Remove the floor jack.

Reconnect all fuel lines and wiring harnesses---don't forget the one in the trunk. Some fuel lines require new washers. Install these now if necessary.

Remove the jack stands by raising the vehicle with the floor jack. Carefully use the floor jack to lower the vehicle.

Reattach the negative battery terminal and tighten it down with a wrench. Test the fuel system by adding 3 gallons of gas to the tank and running the engine.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Ratchet

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Fuel drain pan

  • Fuel line washers

 How to Replace the Fuel Pump in a Honda Civic

Removal

Relieve the pressure in the fuel system by removing the PGM-FI relay Number 2. You need to remove the glove box to reach it, and it's the PGM-FI relay with the yellow/black, yellow/green, yellow/green and green/yellow wires. Start the engine and it should stop running immediately, then open the fuel cap on the side of the car.

Disconnect the battery's black negative cable. Please note that this causes the Powertrain Control Module to lose important information from its memory.

Remove the rear seat cushion from inside the car. Its retaining bolt is in between the cushion and the back support, requiring a wrench with an extended socket.

Open the access cover to the fuel pump/fuel gauge sending unit by removing the screws at the cover's four corners; these screws should require a Phillips screwdriver.

Unplug the electrical connector to the pump/sending unit by depressing the release tab and pulling the connector straight up. Disconnect the fuel supply line by pressing the two tabs on the quick-connect fitting. Loosen and remove the locknut for the unit using a special tool available at most auto parts stores.

Lift the fuel pump/fuel sending unit module out of the hole, tilting the unit so you won't damage the float arm or the float. Remove the rubber seal from the top of the unit and inspect it; replace it if it's cracked, deteriorated or otherwise damaged.

Installation

Install the rubber seal into the mounting hole by itself. Do not insert it with the new module, or it might get pinched or distorted.

Insert the replacement fuel pump/fuel gauge sending unit module into the hole, aligning the index mark on the top of the module between the two marks on the edge of the hole.

Re-connect the fuel supply line and electrical connector. Use a new O-ring within the quick-connect fitting for the supply line.

Close the the access cover to the module with its screws and install the rear seat cushion.

Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Perform the idle learning procedure for the Powertrain Control Module. With all electrical components turned off, start the engine, bring it to 3000 RPM and let it run with the car in Park or Neutral for five minutes. If the radiator fan comes on at any time, stop the five minute count and continue it once the fan goes off.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Fuel pump/fuel sending unit module

  • O-ring

  • Quick connect locknut removal tool