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Come along with Eric O. as we throw on some skinny jeans, crank up the ZZ Top and replace the fuel pump in this 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.0 . This was a job I did last summer for one of my friends. Kind of a government job of sorts... -Enjoy!
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50 thoughts on “Firebird trans am – fuel pump replacement part i”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars arthur says:

    Great video Eric !

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Marks says:

    Whoever was the engineer that designed the gas tank being like that there is a very hot place in hell for that person and I hope he goes there

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars john off grid trion solar says:

    i am doing a 95 the neck on the 90.s are hell to put in i did a 88 they are easy-er i had to get a new tank the doormen tanks are junk there a batter one with all the parts like the videos

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Victor Bellan says:

    Wow wonder what the flat rate is for that job ?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eknight822 says:

    He did that all wrong if he would have take off the bar from the transmission the rear end would have dropped all the way on the hinges like opening a door an the exhaust would have fell enough to take out the tank

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Nelson says:

    Advantage corvette. Everything thru the filler deck hatch.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Panard arm.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carlos Carrillo says:

    Beautiful family and great video. I love how explain all as you move along. I bought a Holley sniper and needed to replace the fuel pump for my 89 bird. After watching this video I am thinking I will pay a shop to do this for me as it will be a lot of work and I do not have the proper tools to do it on my own.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mister Sniffer says:

    Thats because a 5.0 will not go. Only a 5.7 to be in heaven!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars buffy stclair says:

    Back in those years I had a woman with same body style but Camero , some guy made his own access flap in the trunk. When the car was towed to me for no start and couldn’t get fuel pump to operate I made estimate out to the way your doing this one. The woman informed me of this flap. After finding it and seeing what he done , I completed the repair but informed the womon her car was now in a condition that it can never be certified if she were selling the car, at least not by me. These cars are unibody and with that flap cut the integrity is compromised. Crown Vics had a tank like that as well , not as bad to remove as this Camero/Firebird . Your new Mac wrenches look like an old early 80’s Snap On design

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Good old SAE Back when only a small amount of sockets were needed to take an entire vehicle apart miss them days Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Pretty clean 80s car for a new your vehicle must of been garage kept and only driven during none winter months nice Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mike kelly says:

    Great video. One thing I have learned that may help you is to tighten the lug nut on either side of that locking lug before you try to remove it. It takes the stress off the locking lug and it's much easier to remove.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ladco77 says:

    It's so refreshing to see a mechanic replace an F-body fuel pump the right way instead of cutting up the car.
    No hate to the shadetree mechanic who chooses to do it on their own car. I'd might do it that way myself unless it was a nice car I didn't want to cut up, but I've seen people who call themselves professional mechanics cut trap doors in cars without even asking the owner first.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars H How says:

    "It's about to get Real"

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Giuliano says:

    Icut access panel in the trunk or under the back seat

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars walking with dogs says:

    Tanks like this always cut a hole in the floor pan, then just make a nice over size plate you can bolt down and seal.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars michael sackyta says:

    How much this operation run for a customer???

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Hipp says:

    Okay class here we go I've already lost my religion over this subject so screw it just cut a hole in the car you would be okay if the factory did it you can do it no big deal cut the lines replace rubber hose and clamps there's a video on YouTube about it and be done with it it will not destroy the space-time Continuum I swear to God and stop saying you're butchering the car you're not your butchering Your Body by taking the rear end and the exhaust system out from underneath oh my God please stop this nonsense and yes do not use angle cutter anything that will make a spark near that fuel tank that is wrong that's a bomb it will blow you and the car up stop doing that you use tin snips drain the tank before you work on it make sure to use good sealer when you put the panel back on ITS NOT A AIRPLANE RELAX

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ping Pong says:

    That looks like a very expensive fuel pump replacement – price guess?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Craig Cambreleng says:

    I cant believe there is not an access in the trunk/cargo area, what kind of crap design is that?

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wes c says:

    There may not have been an access panel provided by the manufacturer but that doesn't mean one couldn't be "installed".

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AL Rise says:

    Looks like you're using Kroil. Great stuff. We use it on jet engines.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WS6 1997 says:

    …. access panel….done

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PhillLsx Ga. says:

    And guys are cutting holes in the hatch area under the carpet… SMH..

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Barry says:

    As soon as I saw the model year, I said "oh, you're gonna have fun with that rigid neck". A general rule of thumb at my shop: Fuel pump jobs come in with full tanks and driveability jobs come in buried on "E".

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robin Sattahip says:

    GM stinks.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray Caster says:

    I've been a do-it-yourself guy for decades and I love the logical, methodical way you work. Impressive to watch.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Strande says:

    Because cutting a hole or as you call an access panel it would alter the structural integrity of the vehicle "Unibody" 82 through 02 were always like this. You have to drop the whole entire axle down except by the trailing arms. AC Delco fuel pumps last on G.M.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars zr1sparky1 says:

    I could not stop laughing when you stopped to question how full the tank was true story I changed a fuel pump in a 1987 Jeep Cherokee and I had to drop the tank and guess what It was full too

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars zr1sparky1 says:

    Eric O after struggling for 20 minutes with all the tools and lifts and hoists known to man Eric finally gets the tank out and proclaims oh that was easy I'm just glad that the car wasn't too rusty!

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars zr1sparky1 says:

    THAT was utterly ridiculous! I hope you're getting at least 500 bucks for that! It's criminal that they didn't provide an access panel changing a fuel pump!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars md65000 says:

    I'm amazed how little rust is under that car. I have a 2001 f-body and the whole back side is completely rusted over under there.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Beard says:

    Wish I had lift my sltima and saab 05 had flap under seat.

    My saab 93 nothing I had to guess and cut with tin snips and not just circle a whole path to the evap lines. What a pain. And for some reason the have evsp tube curl back into trunk few inches. I still am not done but it drived

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve says:

    Springs? We dont need no stinking springs! 🙄

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve says:

    I had one of these fabulous vehicles. I looked up the tank to find the fuel pump location. Cut an access hole and made a nice cover with rubber pad for gasket. It was quick easy and did not require taking the ass end apart. You are sir a fine mechanic.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shawnti Aquino says:

    Good job Mr O I’ve replaced a lot of F body fuel in my career but I’m from the south west NM with very little rust or no rust at all so I give you all my respect ✊ always great videos. You showed me your amazing technique on how to deal with the kind of rusty work you have to deal with on a daily basis thank you for all of your time you invest making YouTube videos

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gerry Ellis says:

    That bar on the axle is a "Panhard Rod"

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Webb says:

    lunch looks real good

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars C Salyers says:

    I just turned my tank sideways and and it came out without dropping the exhaust or axle. Just used a bottle jack and floor jack. I was young then.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rom Capprotti says:

    Oh no I ran into that and when I told the customer how much it was gonna be he said is there another option Yep you can cut part of the trunk to access the fuel pump. He went with option B when I got through the panel look like it belongs used to piece of aluminum countersunk The screws and there you go

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Obwan Kenobi says:

    It seem the fuel pump always fails when the tank is full.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Obwan Kenobi says:

    I have a 97 camaro z28, very similar to the trans am.
    Why not just make an access plate above the fuel tank to remove the pump?
    I was thinking of cutting out the door with an air nibbler to avoid sparks on mine. I still have the orig pump in it and want an easy fix when it eventually does fail.
    I believe the 97 z28 has quick disconnect plastic lines.
    What do you think ?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hawk 1966 says:

    Drum brakes, rot, looks like it hasn't been run in years. There must be some sentimental value in this car because it doesn't seem to be worth the money being put out.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chevymanfor3 says:

    I remember back in the early 90's wrenching for GM, there was a TSB for the filler neck. If was cracked, we had to replace the tank……i dont miss those days lol

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Robins says:

    That looked like "fun!" Patience and perseverance do the job.