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Replacing a 98 Durango Fuel Pump

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Nov 26, 2012, 10:13 AM

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Replacing a 98 Durango Fuel Pump Sign In

Short version: How much should it cost labor-wise to replace a fuel pump? How many people are needed?

Long version:
My car wouldn't start for a bit, and then would start in spurts. A man at my job recommended someone who had just fixed his car. He came, checked and told me it was probably a new module that I needed. Came by again when I had some money, and decided to double check just to be sure. He went under my car, had me crank the engine and realized it was the fuel pump. He goes under the car banged on the gas pump and sure enough the car starts. Turns out since I ran my Durango low a lot that it had begun sucking up the fine particles at the bottom and most likely a piece of grit or a small pebble, anything really was lodged in the spinning part that pushes the fuel through. The car starts up, perfect! We go down to autozone and pick up a fluid that's meant to dissolved the blockage. I then give him $100, and when we go to take him back to his car (at my house) my car won't start. He bangs on the gas tank it starts up. He tells me I may need to keep it running so we wait while I hold the gas down, but it won't stay on. He says I probably need a new gas pump. He calls, gets me an estimate of $100 used without the housing. My mother's gotten used parts, friends have gotten used parts, and it's far cheaper than the asking pricing of a new one with the housing, and I'm unemployed.

He gets the pump, I give him $100 he says it's $120 but I can give him the $20 at the end. He shows up now with two of his nephews and informs me he has to take the back seat out to get to the tank because there are bolts that can't be snapped since they're inside and the tank has to be able to hold the weight. He already said BEFORE-without mentioning he'd need help-that it's a four hour procedure so now I'm wondering how much this should cost, and now I'm thinking I should have asked beforehand, but here we are.

Also my cousin has informed me that I should have just sprung for the new fuel pump but I'm really past the point of no return on that angle so...

Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 26, 2012, 10:29 AM

Post #2 of 6 (5791 views)
Re: Replacing a 98 Durango Fuel Pump Sign In

Jeez - You have the whole family and friends in on this but I didn't see the word "mechanic" used! You've run it low on fuel enough which alone can overheat a pump and kill one.

Used fuel pump and you ask for how long it should take to replace is impossible at that age as who knows what could not cooperate to get to it. There's a sock where it picks up fuel so it really can't pick up a stone. Agree that if banging on tank snapped it to work it is likely the pump but not a confirmation.

If you need this vehicle to be dependable find a way to do this right,



Nov 26, 2012, 10:38 AM

Post #3 of 6 (5783 views)
Re: Replacing a 98 Durango Fuel Pump Sign In

Well the guy IS a mechanic, but he's brought his two cousins/nephews with him to do it.

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Nov 26, 2012, 11:17 AM

Post #4 of 6 (5762 views)
Re: Replacing a 98 Durango Fuel Pump Sign In

OK - So you are asking how much for the labor to do this? Ask. If tank has a lot of fuel in it now you'll need to get that out or very low just for weight reduction. You could spray some penetrating oil on any fasteners like the straps used that hold tanks in hopes nothing breaks.

If a favor type deal ask what you can do for those that helped. Not sure what else I can say,


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Nov 26, 2012, 12:07 PM

Post #5 of 6 (5749 views)
Re: Replacing a 98 Durango Fuel Pump Sign In

Used fuel pump, used strainer, Billy Bob, Cletus, Ray Ray, and Enos. Sounds like a winning combination.

Book time is around 2.0 hrs to R&R the pump.

If they are doing this in your driveway or front yard, you are really setting yourself up for a disaster if Billy Bob isn't licensed or insured. That means if for some unusual reason Billy Bob or his buddies get hurt on your property, they can sue you. Another problem is if they do the job and something happens such as the gas tank falls out or the used pump fails, your out $120 or whatever. You'll end up having to pay to have the job performed again.

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Nov 26, 2012, 12:15 PM)

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Nov 26, 2012, 4:27 PM

Post #6 of 6 (5726 views)
Re: Replacing a 98 Durango Fuel Pump Sign In

Not to mention............ you have probably less than a 50/50 chance that that pump that has been sitting in an open fuel tank for a few years will be any good for any period of time.


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