I recently replaced the fuel pump in my 99 GMC Suburban, and had a heck of
time getting the quick disconnects off the pump.
I have the following, which sure seems to be the right tool for the job...
The problem: I couldn't figure out how to get both halves of the tool on
the pump outlet pipes at the same time. There is a molded-in bracket that
makes it very difficult to get the tool on to spring the clips holding it in
place. I ended up snapping the plastic tubes, and then using the tool and
pair of needle nose pliers to remove the broken the broken bits from the
fuel line quick disconnects.
Clearly, this isn't the right way to do this job. So, what is the right
way? There must be some technique that I couldn't figure out...
Thanks for any help,
I did my 98 1500 fuel pump just last spring, and I too had a heck of a
time using that tool.
This is what I did. I noted where the part of the tool couldn't get
past the obstruction (I think the plastic part that you noted), so I
took the tool to my bench grinder, and I ground off the back of the
heads, leaving a then circle of metal to slip into the fuel fitting. I
had to do it a little bit at a time, but I eventually got it where it
worked quite well. I can take some pics, if you are interested.
I asked my mechanic about it, and he just said it takes a lot of
working at it. Apparently there is also another type of tool that
doesn't have the handle part, that you just slip onto the fuel line,
and then push in with your fingers, if you follow. But I showed my
mechanic my solution, and he said it was a good one.
Do you follow me?
Thanks for the post. Mine will be paying a visit to my bench grinder if I
ever have to that job again.
I did find a reference to an alternative approach, where you split the tool
in two, insert one half, rotate it 180 degrees, and insert the other half.
Then push both halves forward. That might work, too...
Snap-on (for under $20) Lisle (for around 10 bucks) and others have a 5
piece set of ac/fuel quick disconects. Let me find a pix for y'all
But just wait till you try to do a heater core on a late model Ford
Van..dem hose connections are a real muther forker
I tried a set like that from the local Discount/Advanced parts store. The
plastic wouldn't spring the clips, no matter how hard I pushed.
They were pretty close to the pic you linked to, but not identical, so they
may well work much better.
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