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How to Hook Up an Electric Fuel Pump

If you like to drive older-style cars, chances are the ones you like have an outdated mechanical fuel pump that might be on its last legs. At some point, you’re going to have to replace it with a newer one that can give you enough power to the engine. The best option would be to install an electric fuel pump that is both updated and capable of doing a better job at supplying fuel to your engine.

Most older cars with a carbureted engine operate with a mechanical fuel pump, which is controlled by manual means. However, these were eventually phased out because electric fuel pumps are more reliable when giving maximum horsepower to a vehicle. If you want to get the most out of your favorite classic car, then you’re going to need to take out the outdated clutter and put in a brand new fuel pump.

Want to know the ins and outs of hooking up an electric fuel pump? Keep reading our overview on what you need to know for successfully installing an electric fuel pump quickly, efficiently, and with minimum mess.

Preparing to Install

Before anything else, you’ll need to gather all of the right tools and parts you need. You can pick up an electric fuel pump kit, as well as a mount for the pump and all wires you need to install everything specific to your car make and model at a car store. There are multiple versions to choose from at any location that sells car parts, including low-pressure electric fuel pumps and inline electric fuel pumps, but make sure to pick the right one for your specific car.

You’ll also want to have a mount for the electric pump and a block-off plate gasket and sealer too. With everything in hand, you’re ready to install or upgrade your fuel pump.  

Installing the Electric Fuel Pump

To begin, if you have a mechanical fuel pump in your car you’ll first need to uninstall and remove it. You can keep it there if you choose and put the electric fuel pump near the tank as a backup instead, but this is not necessary. Once you remove the mechanical pump, cover the hole with a block-off gasket and sealer.

You can then mount the electric fuel pump near the gas tank and connect it to the fuel line. You want it close enough so it can work at pushing the fuel well so the car can get optimal performance. Next, install a filter next to the fuel pump, but make sure you run the filter before installing it.

Once that is done, wire the fuel pump together with the ignition switch. Always make sure that you have the correct wire size and have everything in place before wiring everything together to an electrical source.

Pumping Electric

By reading through our overview, you should have a quick and successful process for installing your electric fuel pump. If you want to get the most out of your car when it comes to horsepower and a long time of use, then having an updated fuel pump is the best way to go. Take a look at Freaking Tech for even more technology and automotive articles to read through.

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