Originally Posted by stuffelse
Who'* done this job on their own? Can it be done in a parking lot with minimal tools at 30° to 40° conditions?
My next door neighbor has a 95 Monte Carlo. Another neighbor has done lots of GM shade tree stuff and had done a couple fuel pumps. They dropped the tank. Raised the car on jack stands at rear. Removed bolts for two straps. Used a small hydraulic jack under tank to drop it slightly and remove stuff then lowered it more. At times I helped. It was 80-90 degrees. They did not remove the 5 gallons of gas in there.
While troubleshooting, checked relays which are in fuse center under hood on that model. Hit bottom of tank with rubber mallet while cranking which made pump catch and work for half minute or so before dying again. Internet someone had said that'* a test for a worn, sticking fuel pump. It worked. Told us the relays and connections were okay.
I wouldn't recommend it without knowing it was the fuel pump and not a relay, wiring connection, etc., causiing it. Also would recommend someone who'* done it before be present to help.
An independent shop can troubleshoot first. And then easily do that job.
The Monte had been owned by his dad. He inherited it and kept it with almost no fuel in tank for lack of money. Pump died at 85 K mi. Good reason to keep half tank and fuller to prevent pump overheat.
Shadetree recommended using a GM fuel pump only. Said others have had trouble with aftermarket...?