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Chevy Silverado 1500 fuel pump replacement made easy
I recently purchased a 1999 Chevy Silverado and the fuel pump quit within a week. Going the the internet I find it is a very common problem. One man said he went though 3 pumps in 30,000 miles. I love the truck and plan to keep it so connived a simple solution to changing the pump if and when it goes bad. Normally you have to drain the gas out,(the fuel pump always quits right after you fill the tank!) drop the tank which involves 3 men and a lift. Thats why dealers get $300 for doing it. I have to do it by myself and I'm 70 years old so it was time to use my head and outsmart Detroits trap. So after careful measuring I cut a square 7" wide by 12" long out of the bed with my 4 1/2" die grinder. 6" back from the front of the bed and 14" in from the side. I riveted strips of sheet metal to the sides of this piece and it sets right back in its original hole with sheet metal screws to hold in in place. Changing the fuel pump takes 20 minutes working at my slow pace and doesn't require draining that full tank or getting dirt in my eyes.laying on the concrete. Auto Zone gets $250 for a fuel pump, I got mine on line for $100 from Discount Auto Parts.com No shipping fees, just wait 3 to 7 days. This solution should work on any truck with a similar tank/pump combination.