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Unread 02-28-2009, 10:25 AM   #1
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1997 Grand Cherokee Fuel Pump Died!!

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!!

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Unread 02-28-2009, 10:42 AM   #2
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The mechanic only wants $500 for the whole job? That's not bad considering a new fuel pump assembly will run you close to $300.
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Unread 02-28-2009, 12:03 PM   #3
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Unless there is alot wrong with that 97 it should be worth about $3000 in good condition. Like was said 500 is a good deal. You can do it yourself for the cost of parts which will probably be around 300 anyways. If youre gonna cry about maintaining your vehicles maybe you should consider a bicycle and the bus.
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Unread 02-28-2009, 12:17 PM   #4
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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.

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Unread 02-28-2009, 04:36 PM   #5
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I found a fuel pump for $130 new online, which is a nice find
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Unread 02-28-2009, 09:45 PM   #6
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Unread 02-28-2009, 09:49 PM   #7
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It is not a difficult Job. It just sucks if the tank is full.
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Unread 03-01-2009, 07:46 AM   #8
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Does a fuel pump ever fail with the tank empty??
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Unread 03-01-2009, 02:04 PM   #9
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IMy 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.
How would your HOA know that you were doing that type of repair if you had the door closed?

I am not allowed to do work in the driveway, but the garage is considered okay. Everyone has side load garages. I do work in there all of the time. I would not buy a house in a development if I could not work in the garage.

Regarding the pump, do it yourself. If doing it yourself is not possible, then $500 is a generally pretty good price.

Regarding vehicle worth, I got $2K from my brother for my old '97 ZJ 4.0L that had 223K miles. He loves it. It drove like a champ when I sold it to him about four months ago. I took care of it pretty well over the years.
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Unread 03-01-2009, 03:39 PM   #10
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just my $.02, fuel pumps will die MUCH MUCH quicker if you run your tank totally dry and do it often. I always keep my ZJ above 1/4 of a tank for that specific reason
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Unread 03-01-2009, 09:26 PM   #11
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I saw a thread...I can't remember what website it was on though... of a fuel pump repair that the guy cut a hole in the floor of the back deck right above the fuel pump and just popped it out, replaced it then patched the hole with a sheet metal plate and some sheet metal screws put the carpeting back down and voila good as new.
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Unread 03-01-2009, 11:32 PM   #12
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Yep. that's been done but you should drop the tank to cut the hole, or be VERY careful. The tank when mounted is very close to the deck, and it's plastic.

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