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Old 01-04-2013, 05:35 AM   #11
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^^ Yeah, that leads to some issues for some reason- just like removing the fuse to de-pressurize the lines. The best way is to unplug the fuel cutoff switch. I don't know why it's different, but my car would run- lean, rough, and horrible- when I simply removed the fuse. Apparently the fuel cutoff does more than simply cut power to the pump.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:34 AM   #12
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how much space is there between the bottom of the floor and the tank.....and I suppose I hope you didnt use a die grinder LOL. can you hear road noise now with the back opened up like that?
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Thanks for the comments guys!

I'm new to the Focus, so can you tell me exactly where the fuel cut-off switch is located and how it is operated? I've heard that this is a feature on these cars, but I just don't know anything else about it.

There is a good inch or maybe two of space between the floor and the top of the tank. The things is, as pointed out in the original post, there are all kinds of lines running underneath. If you are not extremely careful, something could get nicked!

With the plate bolted back in place, and gorilla tape (thanks previous poster) over the cuts, and with the interior carpeting and the seat back in place over the plate, you really cannot hear much additional road noise.
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #14
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Take note: in picture number 5 there is a small wire conduit with two wires running straight back from the pump to the back of the car (in the picture, the direction is vertical). Probably these wires go to an evap control valve/solenoid (just my guess). There is very little clearance between the wires and the sheet metal above. If your blade penetrates by more than 1/4 inch, chances are you will cut the wires and have to splice them back together (speaking from experience). Not a big deal, but if you can avoid cutting deeply in that spot you are better off. On the first car that I did, they were spared, and on the second, they were cut.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:30 AM   #15
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exc post and pictures , so yesterday i replaced the fuel pump on my 2005 zx5 with 60,000 miles on it .

i cut the hole as the layout showed , used a dremal with reinforsed fiberglass cutter , cut 3 sides and folded it back , there was nothing there but the top of the gas tank .

i dropped the gas tank a couple inches and looked thru the hole i had cut , i could see the pump cover / hole . if looking at the hole i cut from the passenger side back door the pump location ( center of pump cover ) was about 6 inches toward drivers side back door and about 6 inches back toward the trunk , another way to think about its position , in the orginal post pictures if the center of the pump picture is at 6 o'clock ( looking at it from rear passenger side door ) the location of the 2005 zx5 2 liter pump is at about 10:30 o'clock .

one thing helped by cutting the hole as the orginal post said was it helped moving the wires rubber gromlet to move wires and gain room to remove pump . also easy to change the fuel filter .

this may help someone , as i think it would have been a tough job if only one hole above the pump was cut . i will add i cut the 4 wires going to the pump then connected them back when done , be carfull as the wires are-- black--black white -- red --brown , note the brown to some people may look dark and look a little black .

my advice is because of the pump location i don't think lowering the tank to replace the pump on the 2005 zx5 will work , you may have to complety remove the tank . cutting a hole is the way to go , i think you should make the hole much bigger to make it easy , 12in x 12 inches at least .
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:09 AM   #16
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Hi,

New to forum.

Decided to do this to my focus as the fuel pump was becoming intermitant. Have bought new pump and seal. My only concern is the removal of the fuel pipes ( I have an inbound and outbound not shown in pic )

How do these unclip from the red/white section at the top of the unit? I heard something about 'one time connectors?' or do you just push all the red tabs in and withdrawal the pipe?

Any help would be great at this point.

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the gas line pipes are healt on with plastic clips , just get them out the best way you can , when you get the new fuel pump it should come with plastic clips , there is 2 different sizes , make sure you use the correct size , when you put the fuel lines on just pust in the clips , they work fine .

which focus model , mine was a 2005 zx5 .
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Cheers for reply.

Probably pic 6 is the best to discuss. The fuel pipe connects to a white part then goes into a red part. The new pump I bought has the red bit which look like you could squeeze together and remove the red part. Hope that makes sense.

So is whats on the end of the fuel pipe 'pushinable' to the red part?

Hope that makes even more sense ( probably not )
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google- ford fuel line clips -, look at the pics , they will all be the same width but have different thickness , look at pic 10 , the clip has been removed , it will go in the empty white part windows , it just slides in . measure the thickness of the one you remove from yours and when you put the fuel line in just slide the clip in .

also take pictures of thinks as you take it apart , also the fitings on the fuel pump as one of the is the fuel out , the other is a breather , they have to be put on correct or it won't work . the lines on the fuel pump use the same type clips to hold the lines on .

believe me pic's will help get everthing back together correct .
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Cheers.

Would you mind if I put up some pics off the new pump and whats there and my old pump?

Is there anyway to load pics on here from your own pc?

PIC 10 looks like the red part is still in the white part unless Im being dim here. Im not sure that uk and us focus's may have different fittings as its suggested that you push the red clip towards the pump and then pull the line out.

Wish this wasnt so complicated.

Thanks for the assistance.
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