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How to Replace the Fuel Pump on the Ford Contour

by Justin Mark; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Ford Contour fuel pump

  • Fuel pump O-ring

  • Sender wrench D84P-9275-A (if unavailable, a hammer and a drift punch will also do the job)

  • Fuel pressure gauge

  • 3/8-inch ratchet and a set of sockets

  • Empty gas container

The Ford Contour fuel pump plays a major role in transferring the fuel from the fuel tank to the fuel injection system on the intake manifold. The fuel injection system needs the fuel to be pumped at a specified pressure to ensure the car runs properly. If the car does not start, or it stalls while it is running, the fuel pump is the likely culprit.

Disconnect the negative battery cable from its terminal for safety. Unscrew the bolt that holds it on the terminal with the pliers.

Open the fuel tank fill cap to release any pressure still in the tank.

Open the hood of the car, and find the pressure relief valve located at the fuel rail.

Connect the fuel pressure gauge to the pressure relief valve.

Release any pressure trapped in the system by pressing the pressure relief valve on the gauge.

Open the manual valve on the gauge to drain any remaining fuel in the system into the empty gas container.

Remove the pressure gauge from the system, and return the fuel tank fill cap.

Remove the rear seats, using the 3/8-inch ratchet.

Remove the rubber cap on the floor pan to expose the top of the fuel pump.

Disconnect all electrical harness connectors on the fuel pump.

Press both tabs of the nylon push connect fitting to remove all the fuel lines connected to the fuel pump.

Remove the fuel pump, using the sender wrench to turn the fuel pump locking ring counterclockwise. (If the sender wrench is unavailable, use a hammer and a drift punch)

Remove the old fuel pump O-ring and replace it with the new O-ring that has been lightly dabbed with grease.

Install the new fuel pump, and return the fuel pump locking ring.

Tighten the fuel pump locking ring by turning the sender wrench clockwise. (If the sender wrench is unavailable, use a hammer and a drift punch)

Reconnect all the fuel lines and all the electrical harness connectors to the fuel pump.

Reinstall the rubber cap on the floor pan, and install the rear seats.

Reconnect the negative battery cable to its terminal.

About the Author

Justin Mark started writing professionally in 2004. He worked as a writer for his town’s newspaper, "The Valley Reporter." His writing focuses on articles about automobiles, building, lawnmowers and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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