1989 Escort 1.9 Fuel Pump access?

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  1. Eargasms

    Eargasms New Member

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    Hey I was wondering how to access the fuel pump in my escort...I need to put a new one in and I checked kinda quickly the other day to see if there was a panel to get to the pump but didnt see anything. Do you need to drop the gas tank out to get to the fuel pump or is there a panel that I didnt see to get to it? ThankYou!
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    Yeah I was almost positive that I had to drop it out but I just wanted to double check to possibly save me the work if I didnt have to haha. But alright thankyou...how hard would you say that it is todo? Like the whole process of droping it out and putting the new pump in. Like could it be done in a day or two? I dont know anyone that has ever had todo it so im going todo it myself. Just not sure how hard it is.
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    I've replaced the fuel pump in my '88 Pony a couple times. It can easily be done in less than a day. It's been several years since I had to replace the fuel pump and I can't remember the exact amount of time it took, but I'm going to guess it took about 2-3 hours to disconnect everything, change the pump and replace the tank. I'm sure it can be done quicker if you stick with it, probably 1-2 hours. I changed mine by myself, but if you can get help it would make it much easier when it comes time to lift the tank back into place and fasten the straps. I had to lift the tank into place then get my knees under it to support the weight while I bolted the straps back around the tank. You'll need the rear of the car on ramps, jack stands or lift to get the tank out from under the car where you can replace the pump. DON'T RELY ON A JACK ONLY!!! Hopefully the tank is near empty, if not you'll probably need to put something underneath to support it while taking everything loose. Gas weighs slightly over 6 pounds per gallon besides the weight of the tank.
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    Alright thankyou for that info very helpful. I watched a video of a guy doing it on an 87 escort and it looked fairly easy to unbolt everything and all that. My one buddy has a lift so thats where ill most likly take the car to work on it. I just hope this is the problem. Iv replaced a few other little things that were old and went bad but this is one of the things I just didnt do yet, so I think it is time to be done because the car wont start or anything. :x
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    Have you verified the car isn't getting fuel? Do you hear a humming that last for about 1-2 seconds when you turn the key to the on position? If so that's the fuel pump priming the fuel system and may mean you have another problem. If you don't hear the humming then probably the inertia switch has been tripped, the fuel pump relay is bad or the fuel pump is bad. If you are hearing the fuel pump turn on and run for a couple seconds when the key is turned on check to make sure you are getting fire to the plugs before changing the fuel pump. If there's no fire to the plugs the first thing I'd suspect would be the ignition module on the distributor housing. If you suspect the ignition module you'll have to buy a special tool to remove it that's available at most auto parts stores for under $10. Once the module is removed if you take it to Auto Zone they can test it to see if it's good or not.
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    Yeah it does make that humming sound so mabey its not the pump it self mabey it is that ignition module. Hmm ill have to check that out tommoro. Where is that module located at? Is that a common thing that can go bad?
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    ide of the distributor and yes, they common to go bad.
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    i think that still may be a no go. my 95 thunderbird lx used to be kinda iffy on the fuel pump until one day it just completely went out. had to drive my ex's purple escort to work for a while but her 2 uncles and i finished that in literally 45 min or so. not even a full hour. and that tank is HUUUUGE. if its not the ignition module invite 2 skinny friends with big arms and no fear of dirt over. you'll knock it out pretty damned quick if you have no gas in it and a good attention span.
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    Another thing that I forgot to mention was the timing belt and would suggest you pull the timing cover off and check the condition of the belt around the complete circumference of the belt. Stripping teeth from the inside of the belt is also pretty common and the bad area will probably be down near the crankshaft. Does the engine spin faster than normal and sound like it's lacking compression? If it's a bad timing belt it would also be a good time to replace the water pump while everything is apart. Might save you having to do the job twice. I'm not saying the fuel pump isn't the problem, but every electric fuel pump I've had go out went out without any indication of a problem, just driving down the road the car would die and wouldn't restart. I'm just trying to cover everything before you start throwing parts at a problem without knowing the real problem.
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    Yeah I know what you mean I appreciate it alot. At this point with the info about the timing belt and the ignition module. Im not sure what the problem is. I need to take a look and see soon. I know It was sitting for a little while because I drove something else after it kinda died...I hooked it up to one of those battery chargers you plug into the wall and can jump the car and charge it. I tried to start it and it made one horrible...and I mean horrible noise. Kinda scared me to be honest. I hope something major isnt wrong.
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    What kind of noise was it? Does it seem possible it could be a the noise of a bad tesioner bearing for the timing belt? Maybe allowing it to jump time. The 1.9L is a non interference engine so even if it has jumped time the pistons won't hit the valves unless the head has been shaved at some point. Since you've mentioned the noise I'd start by checking the timing belt, tensioner, and water pump.
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    Yeah this really sucks...gonna take a look and try to figure out what it is. Im 17 and usually id always have my Dad to help me out with these problems but he sadly passed away in september :cry: and the car broke 2 weeks after it happen :( Hopefully i can figure it out so I have a car again. Too bad your not in PA FordMan thad be cool if you could come help but your pretty far lol. Thankyou for the help though it means alot. Im gonna try to figure out the problem soon!
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    Where in Pa are you? I live 45 miles southeast from downtown Pittsburgh
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    Im from the Lehigh Valley. Im sure you have herd of Bethlehem ? Well im 2min from there in Hellertown.
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    Wrong end of Pa from me.
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    Sorry to hear about your dad. I'm 52 and just lost my dad in June 2010, so I know the grief you're feeling. Do you have a Haynes or Chilton's manual for the Escort? One or both will be very helpful for you to learn more about your car and how to work on it. Both Haynes and Chilton's give step by step instructions with many picture illustrations on most parts replacements, information on how to test most electronic devices/sensors and general specifications. If you don't have one and want one I have a brand new (still in the plastic) Chilton's manual (about a $30. manual) for '81-'90 Escorts that I'd sell you for $15. including shipping. I'm not trying to sell you something you don't need/want, just thought if you didn't have one it might help you out. If I were close by I'd try to give you a hand, but several hundred miles separate us. I have 5 Escorts, 2-'88, 1-'94, 1-'97 and 1-'02 so I've got a little bit of experience working on all three generations. Most of my experience has been on first generations since I've owned one of my '88's since 1993. It's got 518,500 miles on it now so I've worked on it a few times. Replaced ball joints, tie rod ends, steering rack, water pump, fuel pump, axles, wheel bearings, struts, timing belts, valve cover gaskets, oil pan gaskets, etc, etc, etc. About the only thing that hasn't been touched is the transmission and internal engine parts. Sometimes I feel like I could disassemble and re assemble the '88 in my sleep.
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    yeah wrong end from me..think your still a few hours away. And hankyou FordMan, Yeah its the worst feeling in the world. But hmm good question. Im gonna check my garage and see if my Dad had one laying around. If not then id be interested in picking that up off you since it will prob be very helpful to me. I appreciate all the help man. Wow, sounds like you do know alot about them so I thought you may of had a few, and wow 518,500 miles! Thats the most Iv ever herd or. Pretty good though that you havent had todo anything with the trans of engine internals! Goodluck with it, sounds like it must run like a champ.
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    Between you checking things and everyone on the forum making suggestions we'll figure out the problem. Every time I've had a no start condition on my '88 where the engine was turning over, but not starting it has been either the fuel pump, timing belt, or ignition module.
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    Yeah i sure hope so! and we already kinda said it wasnt the fuel pump because of hearing that humming when you turn the key to the on position correct? So it could be the timing belt..or the ignition moduel

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