Originally Posted by dirthound
The fuel pump on our 1997 Grand Cherokee just died. Mechanic wants $500 for the whole job. Any Ideas/ways around this? Hate to put so much money into a jeep that is worth $1200!!
If you have a place to do yourself, it shouldn't be that difficult:
1. Drain as much fuel as you can from the tank;
2. remove receiver hitch if you have one;
3. loosen the bolts on the tank straps, but don't take them all the way off yet;
[4. place floor jack under the center of the tank to help hold it up as you remove the bolts in #5;]
5. remove strap bolts and lower the tank onto the jack (if it's empty, you might be able to just lower it to the ground without the jack. The jack might make it easier with the installation, holding the tank up as you remount the straps);
6. remove the bolts mounting fuel pump assy in the tank.
7. definitely replace the rubber hoses along with the pump.
re-install in reverse sequence, making sure the hoses are routed correctly as you re-install the tank.
My fuel pump didn't fail on my '97 5.2, but one of the hoses was cracked, sending an error code which precluded me from passing smog inspection. I had the pump changed out when the hoses were replaced, since the labor to do that was already included in the repair. Cost me about $400 last year, including the parts and labor. I carry the old pump (since it still worked) as a trail spare in case someone else needs it (fits 96-98 5.2ltrs). My HOA doesn't allow any repairs like that, even in my garage, so I just ponied up and had it done at a local garage that specializes in Jeeps.
I also have the FSM, so I'll be glad to share anything from it with you if you decide to DIY - send me a pm. Otherwise, $500 probably isn't too bad if you take it in to have this done.