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Old 06-06-2012, 02:00 PM
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Hi guys, I have a 1999 Ram 1500 with a 5.2L 318 magnum. I need to change the fuel pump. I have zero experiance with Dodge trucks. My question is: Once I've dropped the tank do I need anything special to remove the fuel lines (tools of choice ). How does the pump come out? is it bolted in,collar,locking ring. Any thing specific I need to know?
Will the new pump come with every thing I need to mount or do I have to re-use stuff? Will I need new line connectors,clips or anything.
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I haven't done one on a ram, but I would strongly recommend not dropping the tank. It is much easier to lift the bed. Just get a few people to help you lift. It makes for a much easier time.

It's most likely a metal ring that locks the pump in place. The new pump should come with the new oring, but probably not the lock ring. If yours is in ok shape, not too rusty, just reuse it. There are probably quick disconnect connections at the pump, which you can buy the tool for those at autozone, pretty easy and cheap tool.

Be sure to purge the fuel lines before removal, as it is a pressurized system. Pull the fuel pump relay and start(or try to start) the truck for a few seconds to purge the fuel lines.

Let me know if you have any questions, I'll try to help.
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Is the bed easier to get off than the tank straps? whats involved in getting the bed off? When I turn the key I don't hear the pump come on and pressure up, all the fuses look good and I can hear the relays click is there any chance it's electrical (maybe the wiring )and not the pump?
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Anything's possible. To check the pump you'd have to hook up a fuel pressure gauge and see that the fuel pressure is within spec. That's a fairly specific tool. If you don't hear it prime and it won't start, there's a fair chance it's bad.

The bed is significantly easier to lift than the tank is to drop. You just unbolt the bed from the frame(maybe 6 or 8 bolts, not sure) then unbolt the fuel filler tube from the bed side, then disconnect the tail lights and license plate lights. At that point 4 or so guys should be able to easily lift it off. Takes about 30 min to 60 min vs laying under the truck on your back trying to unbolt the tank, balance it on a jack(it is HEAVY when filled with fuel), not pinch fuel lines or electrical harnesses, etc, all while working above your head under the truck.

Once the bed is off it's a piece of cake to get to the pump, it's all wide open. You have room to work and can literally stand/sit right on top of the pump to work on it.
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If you drop your tank take a look at your brake lines as they run in the frame behind the tank. They can get pretty rusty back there, and that is where mine sprung a leak.
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I second everything Sean said about removing the bed. Done it many times and recommended it to Sonoctavio a couple pages back. Got great reviews from him on the simplicity of doing it that way.

Plastic ring spins on/off to lock the assembly in the tank.

Two guys and 4 milk crates can slide it back far enough back to place the front on the rear wheels and the rear on the milk crates.

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread....244#post816244

I went back 19 pages and bumped it in the 5.9 section if you'd like to wander over there instead.

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OK guys, I finish the pump change two days ago. I was not able to go the bed route because I just didnt have the resources. The tank straps came right off but it would have been a lot less handling and time consumming if I could have gone in from the top instead of dropping the tank. I had to repair my filler neck also. I would'nt have seen that if I had'nt dropped the tank.
But the new pump is in and up and running, thanks for the help!!

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I would'nt have seen that if I had'nt dropped the tank.
FWIW, yes you would have. The filler hose would have been disconnected from the bed and stayed connected to the tank, so once the bed would have been lifted off it would have been seen.

Glad you got it all fixed up though.
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