Replacing Fuel Pump - Difficulties and Concerns
Due to a faulty fuel pump gauge/resistor (my petrol gauge is stuck on empty) I have attempted to change the pump and enclosure. I've managed to get to the unit just fine but I am having some issues removing it. The unit is unscrewed and I can begin to lift it out but I have hit a few issues:
1) The Unit appears to be full of petrol. Is this correct? When I lift the unit out almost to the top of the plastic cylinder there is petrol in there. This seems strange as there are all sorts of wires with exposed connections within and completely covered by the petrol. Surely this can't be right (although, as the unit is not sealed, it seems inevitable the it would fill with petrol
2) Related to above, as the unit is full of petrol, am struggling to see how I can completely remove it from the tank without spilling a huge amount of petrol into the car.
I suppose the main concern is 1). Even when I get the unit out, am afraid the the new unit will simply fill with fuel and the whole thing will go bang when I start it up. I realise that I might be slightly out of my depth here, but I like trying to fix things and learn for myself...
I followed the following instructions:
"Remove rear seat, two nuts on the lower part withdraw seat in a foreward direction, two bolts on the upper part lift upward and withdraw foreward, remove sound proofing at the back.
In front of you, you have a metal cover fastened by three nuts, remove the cover, underneath you have connector and hoses to the fuel pump disconnect them, unscrew the "big plastic ring" which holds the pump in the tank, withdraw fuel pump from tank.
Assembeling in reverse order."
I would be very grateful if someone could provide advice around this subject.