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Old 08-11-2007, 03:49 PM   #1
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Can I cut an access panel to access fuel pump in 96

I have a 96 explorer and I need to replace the fuel pump. I know some people have cut an access panel rather than drop the tank like in this thread http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=182160


Im wondering if I could do this with mine also and I should cut the panel in the same place?
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Old 08-11-2007, 06:56 PM   #2
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20 minutes to drop the gas tank (okay okay an hour your first time) is alot faster then removing the interior and back seat in order to access the spot above the pump

Can you? Yes
But I wouldnt
I seriously can have the tank out of an explorer in 20 minutes once the truck is up on stands.....

remove seat, carpet, find the pump (guestimate) and cut a hole. Then you have to patch the hole and put everything back in, sounds like a PITA




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Old 08-11-2007, 09:19 PM   #3
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I agree... the only reason I can see for doing that is if you really can't get the truck up on jackstands (which everyone should have, especially for a 4,000+ lb truck) or you don't have the proper tools for dropping the tank (I have no idea what tools are needed)... but, seeing as you need some sort of metal-cutting saw to cut out the panel, as well as Torx bits to remove the seats (I think) before you can even cut the panel, it's likely easier to just drop the tank...




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Old 08-11-2007, 09:40 PM   #4
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Its done it took me about 25 minutes to remove the seat and cut the hole
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Ill never drop another tank ha ha lol

Nice use of a old thread.




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Old 08-12-2007, 08:24 AM   #6
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you guys are nuts

I try to minimioze the holes in my floor hahahaha

Nice work




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Ah im not worried about that hole ha ha plenty of screws and sealer and its good as new




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Old 11-06-2010, 07:47 PM   #8
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do you have pics?
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:51 PM   #9
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I got no pics but it was pretty much the same as the thread I posted in my original post
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Cut it! Screw dropping the tank!
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