How to Replace a Fuel Pump on a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1987 model year was a pivotal one for the third-generation Chevrolet Camaro. The '87 model had the transition from carbureted fuel system to fuel injection in the rear view mirror. However, the new fuel-injection systems of the day had not achieved the level of sophistication they'd enjoy in the early 1990s. Fuel-injection systems brought with them in-tank fuel pumps. Having the pump in the gas tank offered a new set of challenges to those who loved working on their pony cars. If you have basic automotive-repair skill, you can tackle this job yourself.

Tools Used: Battery wrench, Rags, Floor jack, 2 jack stands, Socket set, Screwdriver, Rubber mallet

Replace a Fuel Pump

Set the parking brake and open the hood. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal using the battery wrench. Insulate the cable end from the battery terminal by wrapping a rag around the cable end and pushing the cable end down on the side of the battery so it cannot make accidental contact during the repair.

Jack the rear end of the Camaro off the ground with the floor jack, place the jack stands under the rear axle, out near the leaf spring perches, and lower the Camaro onto the jack stands.

Reposition the floor jack so the jack head is touching the bottom of the gas tank. Unbolt the gas tank retaining straps with the socket set.

Lower the gas tank with the floor jack far enough for you to reach between the top of the tank and the bottom of the Camaro, in order to disconnect the fuel lines and fuel pump wiring harness.

Lower the tank the rest of the way on the floor jack and roll the jack and tank out from under the Camaro. Lift the tank off the jack and set it on a level surface.

Rap a wrap around the tip of the screwdriver, place the tip against the lip of the fuel pump retaining ring and tap the handle of the screwdriver with the rubber mallet to rotate the retaining ring counterclockwise.

Lift the fuel pump out of the fuel tank by hand. Insert the new pump in the same position and orientation as the old pump. Turn the retaining ring clockwise with the rag, screwdriver and mallet until it locks in place.

Position the gas tank back on the floor jack and roll it under the Camaro. Lift the tank up until you can reconnect the fuel lines and fuel pump wiring harness. Lift the tank the rest of the way and bolt the fuel tank retaining straps back into position with the socket set.

Reposition the floor jack and lift the Camaro off the jack stands with it. Move the jack stands out from under the Camaro and lower the car onto the ground. Reconnect the negative battery cable with the battery wrench, close the hood and disengage the parking brake.

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