How to Remove Fuel Lines From a Fuel Pump

by Russell Wood

The fuel pump on a vehicle is what pulls gasoline from the fuel tank and sends it off to the engine. Occasionally, the fuel pump might stop working, which necessitates replacing the pump to get the vehicle up and running again. It seems like every manufacturer has its own method to attaching the fuel lines to the fuel pump, making it a bit difficult to figure out how to pull off the lines. However, if you look at the connections with the right information, you can remove any connection yourself.

1

Look at the top of the fuel pump and look for any connections between the fuel lines and the fuel pump. Look for a hose clamp around the connection. If you find one, proceed to Step 2. If you find a weird-looking clip, proceed to Step 3.

2

Remove the hose clamp on the fuel line using the flat-head screwdriver. Pull the fuel line back off of the fuel pump to separate it.

3

Look for a pinch point on the clip, as most of these fuel pump connections are quick-connect styles. Some have two white tabs that pinch in, others have tabs on the inside, which you can see through access holes in the line. Pinch the white tabs if you have those, while pulling the line off of the fuel pump. Otherwise, use the flat-head screwdriver to push in the tabs on the fuel line through the access holes, then pull the line off of the pump.

Warning

  • close Never smoke or have an open flame nearby while you're working on the fuel system of a vehicle. If you do, you risk causing a fire and damaging yourself and the vehicle.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.