How to Replace a Lexus ES300 Fuel Pump

by Jeffrey Caldwell

A faulty fuel pump can cause erratic starting, low engine output or even leave you stranded by the side of the road. With a few simple tools, you can have your Lexus ES300's fuel pump replaced in no time.

Removal

Disconnect the ground cable from the negative battery terminal.

Take out the rear seat.

Remove the fuel pump cover and fuel filler cap.

Disconnect both the outlet pipe and the return hose from the pump bracket. Disconnect the electrical wire.

Loosen all eight screws, then remove the fuel pump/bracket assembly. Be sure to remove the old gasket.

Installation

Use a new gasket when reinstalling the fuel pump. Slide the pump into position and tighten the screws to 35 inch-pounds.

Reconnect the fuel line and the return hose to the pump housing. Tighten the bolts to 22 foot-pounds.

Reconnect the electrical wire. Reinstall the fuel pump cover and the rear seat cushion.

Reconnect the ground cable to the negative battery terminal.

Tip

  • check Release the fuel system pressure by loosening the connection at the pressure regulator before servicing the fuel system. After you're done, make sure to check for any leaks.

Warning

  • close Gasoline is highly flammable. Be cautious when working with gasoline around and sources of heat or spark such as power tools, shop lights or space heaters. Gasoline vapors are highly toxic. Awlays work in a well-ventilated area.

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About the Author

Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Trails.com. Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.

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