How to Replace the Fuel Pump Relay on a 2002 Civic

by Justin Cupler
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For Honda’s automotive division, 1973 was a sort of coming of age, as what would be its first commercial automotive success, the Civic, hit showroom floors. By 2002, the Civic had firmly entrenched itself as the leader in imported compact vehicles. The 2002 Honda Civic came standard with a 110-horsepower, 1.7-liter engine and had a series of optional engines capped by the 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The fuel pump relay on the 2002 Civic is referred to as the PGM-FI relay and it also acts as the main relay for the vehicle. Replacing the fuel pump relay is tricky, as Honda tucked it behind the glove box.

Step 1

Open the glove box and support it with your knee. Find the glove box stoppers on either side of the glove box and pry them toward the glove box with a flat-head screwdriver to remove them.

Step 2

Allow the glove box to pivot downward slowly and hang by its lower hinges.

Step 3

Look through the cavity in the glove box and find the two relays side by side. These are the FGM-FI relays. PGM-FI relay No. 1, the one on the left, controls the fuel injectors, whereas PGM-FI relay No. 2, the one on the right, also acts as the fuel pump relay.

Step 4

Grab relay No. 2 and pull it outward with a slight wiggling motion to remove it.

Step 5

Line up the prongs on the new PGM-FI relay No. 2 with the slots in its receptacle and press it into the receptacle.

Step 6

Lift the glove box until the holes for the stoppers are inside the glove box’s cavity in the dash. Insert the glove box stoppers into their holes inside the glove box and press them until they snap into place.

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