1997 Ford Taurus Replace a Fuel Pump
The 1997 Ford Taurus fuel system relies on an in-tank fuel pump to move the gasoline you put in your tank to the fuel system, where it powers the engine. When the fuel pump malfunctions, the engine will crank but not start. Replacing the fuel pump requires physical fitness and a solid grasp of basic automotive repair. If you have both, you can perform this job in about two hours. If not, you're better off leaving this task to a certified automotive-repair professional.
 Tools Used
|2 jack stands|
 Replace a Fuel Pump
- Lift the hood and use the battery wrench to remove the negative battery cable from the battery. Push the cable end away from the battery so it cannot contact the battery during the rest of the procedure.
- Chock the right-front wheel to prevent the Taurus from moving. Lift the rear end of the car with the floor jack and then support it on the two jack stands, positioned underneath the two rear jack points located on the body rail.
- Reposition the floor jack so the head of the jack is supporting the gas tank. Unbolt the gas tank retaining straps with the socket set.
- Lower the gas tank with the floor jack until you can reach between the tank and the underside of the Taurus in order to unhook the fuel pump wiring harness and fuel lines.
- Lower the tank the rest of the way and pull it out from under the Taurus with the floor jack. Lift the tank off the jack and set it on the ground.
- Wrap the rag around the tip of the screwdriver and then place the tip against the lip of fuel pump retaining ring. Tap the handle of the screwdriver with the rubber mallet until the retaining ring rotates counterclockwise, allowing you to remove the fuel pump.
- Lift the fuel pump up and out of the gas tank. Insert the new pump, making sure to provide the necessary space for the fuel level float so that the float does not contact the side of the tank.
- Rotate the pump retaining ring clockwise with the rag, screwdriver and mallet. Place the tank on the floor jack and roll it under the Taurus.
- Lift the tank up with the floor jack until you can reconnect the wiring harness and fuel lines. Lift the tank completely and bolt the gas tank retaining straps in with the socket set. Lower the Taurus off the jack stands with the floor jack.
- Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery and remove the wheel chocks. Turn the ignition key to the run position and wait 10 seconds to prime the fuel system before attempting to start the Taurus.