How to Change a Fuel Pump on a 1988 Honda Accord LX

The 1988 Accord uses an electric fuel pump which is installed in the gas tank. The fuel pump delivers fuel from the gas tank to the engine. A fuel pump may continue to function yet still need to be replaced. If the fuel pump is not operating at full capacity, there may not be enough fuel getting to the engine, causing it to run poorly. The correct amount of fuel pressure is critical to the Accord's engine performance.

Tools Used: Ratchet, Extension, Sockets, Screwdrivers, Pliers, Shop rags, Replacement fuel pump

Change a Fuel Pump

Fuel Pump Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable by loosening the nut on the cable end. Set the cable to the side so that it does not touch the battery terminal. Remove the gas cap.

Fold back the carpet in the trunk. Remove the screws in the fuel pump access cover and remove the cover. Disconnect the electrical connector from the fuel pump.

Squeeze the hose clamps on the fuel lines with a pair of pliers and slide the clamps back on the fuel line. Twist the fuel lines, while pulling on them, to remove them.

Remove the nuts that secure the fuel pump with a ratchet, extension and socket. Lift the fuel pump out of the tank. It may be necessary to twist, turn or maneuver the fuel pump to remove it from the gas tank.

Fuel Pump Installation

Slide the new fuel pump into the gas tank in the same position as the old fuel pump. Install the nuts on the fuel pump and tighten them.

Reinstall the fuel lines onto the same fittings that they were removed from. Slide the hose clamps to the end of the fuel lines to secure them. Reconnect the wiring harness.

Reconnect the negative battery cable and tighten the nut. Reinstall the gas cap. Turn the key to the "ON" position then back off several times to build fuel pressure in the fuel lines from the fuel pump to the engine.

Start the Accord. Check for leaks at the fuel pump and fuel lines that were removed. Reinstall the access cover and tighten the screws. Replace the carpet back in the trunk area.

Tips & Warnings

Wear disposable gloves to prevent fuel from contacting your skin.

Avoid open flames while working around the gas tank or fuel pump. Keep a Class B:C or dry powder fire extinguisher within arm's reach at all times.

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