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cut a hole in trunk fuel pump question

This is a discussion on cut a hole in trunk fuel pump question within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; when you cut the hole in the trunk for the fuel pump change is there any fumes or weird smells ...

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    cut a hole in trunk fuel pump question

    when you cut the hole in the trunk for the fuel pump change is there any fumes or weird smells after you do it when you drive the car around ??? and were is some good directions for a 98 z28 camaro

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    can someone answer this question

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    i did it and have had no problems or issues. here is a write up. i cut my hole further back towards the back of the car. just be careful not to cut down to far.

    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/wester...trap-door.html

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    second one down is better

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    I have never experienced that but,.... Wouldn't it be better to just drop the tank as opposed to cutting up the car?

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    i have had no probs with fumes....i did sealed mine up after with rtv
    Last edited by astyles; 05-15-2009 at 05:22 AM.

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    ^^^What he said, use a little RTV and you should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoscamaroSS View Post
    ^^^What he said, use a little RTV and you should be good to go.
    Ya i just took the panel i put back on and put a 1/4 bead of rtv all the way around. then before i put it on the car, i let it dry so it formed a "seal" then just screwed it on. No fumes, no problems.
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    Just remember, the 98's have a different location than the 99-02's for the fuel pump door, so make sure you get the ones for a 98.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_01_Z28 View Post
    I have never experienced that but,.... Wouldn't it be better to just drop the tank as opposed to cutting up the car?
    i consider this correcting an engineering oversight. all these gm vehicles need fuel pumps, some sooner than later and there should be no reason to have to put a car up in the air and undo, move, or remove all the stuff you have to just to replace a fuel pump. pickups at work are the same but a lot grungier underneath. unless you have a 10 point trailer/ garage queen i dont see what harm it can possibly do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dklowrider View Post
    i consider this correcting an engineering oversight. all these gm vehicles need fuel pumps, some sooner than later and there should be no reason to have to put a car up in the air and undo, move, or remove all the stuff you have to just to replace a fuel pump. pickups at work are the same but a lot grungier underneath. unless you have a 10 point trailer/ garage queen i dont see what harm it can possibly do.
    From the pictures posted it seems convenient to change if it will be changed frequently. I'm not saying it will harm anything from cutting but i think I would rather not cut it. Unless its going to have to be changed every year, then I might consider it.
    I agree and consider it an engineering oversight. I also think they did it on purpose so the car would return to the Chevy house for repair.

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    I did it on mine just as above I even did the racetronix fuel pump because my housing was still good. It came out to be $150 instead of $400 for a whole new pump. Did it a few months ago and havent looked back its completely quiet and no one is none the wiser.
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    I did this on my 93 T/A and never had a problem....when my 00 WS6 needs a fuel pump I'll do the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwk93ta View Post
    I did this on my 93 T/A and never had a problem....when my 00 WS6 needs a fuel pump I'll do the same thing.
    did it with my 89 and had a problem with fumes but once you seal it up you won't have a smell

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    I'll have to remember this incase mine ever goes bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kccutthroat View Post
    did it with my 89 and had a problem with fumes but once you seal it up you won't have a smell
    you have to seal it up, otherwise you will smell exhaust fumes and maybe a little gas. but i guess you know that now.

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    no problem after 2 years, operation easy, I used a durmeral (sp )grinder.

    one safety point, let some slack in the straps which hold up the tank so as to have a little clearance over the top of the fuel lines when cutting the hole
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS SLP2 View Post
    no problem after 2 years, operation easy, I used a durmeral (sp )grinder.

    one safety point, let some slack in the straps which hold up the tank so as to have a little clearance over the top of the fuel lines when cutting the hole
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