|10-12-2019, 01:05 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC
My Ride: 2001 330Ci
Fuel Pump DIY postmortem
2001 330Ci 160k
I've owned the car since 2011, had a bit of difficulty cranking the car a few times. Battery voltage looked ok. Also had a couple instances of the car feeling sluggish.
DIY videos can make it look so easy sometimes.
Did the job with 1/2 tank of gas, seemed fine (the pump wasn't soaked)
The sound deadening was already cut, but there was an OEM pump, with OEM Clamp and a dab of glue between the ring and pump. (So maybe pump was replaced at dealer in the past)
Hardest part was the circular ring holding everything down. It seemed like I was hammering forever but getting nowhere - I marked the rings location before starting, so I saw that I was making a bit of progress.
Dropped the small brass punch I was using into the gap. Not getting that back, I just hope it doesn't rattle.
I didn't disconnect the pump + run the car, there wasn't much pressure when I took it off. My dad had a cone-shaped thing that I used to plug the line while I removed the pump. (I've read that some people can use a bolt)
Tried to snip the hose clamp, didn't work - it was easier to pry it apart.
New seal - getting the seal in-place then dropping the fuel pump into it worked well.
I didn't get the circular ring quite back to original position, but it seemed close/tight enough (maybe an inch off)
Replaced with VDO pump, (140$ from fcp euro) same brand as the OEM one, just without a BMW symbol on it.
only bled a little bit when I slipped hammering the ring off :-p
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Last edited by Alexotronic; 10-12-2019 at 01:05 PM.
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