[DML] Fuel Accumulator Replacement - Stuck
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[DML] Fuel Accumulator Replacement - Stuck


An attempt to replace the fuel accumulator over the 3 day weekend kind of failed.  Here 
are my findings.  Perhaps someone will find the information useful in the future.

1.  Looking at the Section 2, Subsection 1, group 0 parts diagram, the fuel accumulator 
has the 2 metal fittings pointing forward toward the fuel tank.  But on VIN 04421, it is 
pointing backwards toward the engine.  Which way does yours point?

2.  I've been able to disconnect part #41, the 90 degree elbow, part 36, the flexible fuel 
pipe, and drop the whole accumulator down through the hole in chasis.  However, I am 
having trouble with part #38, SPL Fir Tree Insert and part 4, Hose-Fuel Return and Feed: I 
can't disconnect them.  Generous amount of PB Blaster oil and long handled wrench didn't 
move the connector an inch where it is connected to the accumulator.  It's like the fuel 
accumulator and the metal fitting are welded together.  Banging the metal connector didn't 
help.  Is it possible someone put lock tight on the fitting?  Any suggestions?
3.  In the struggle against seemingly welded together fittings, I damaged the Fuel Return & 
Feed Hose #4.  The hose (part 4) and the fitting (part 38) are coming apart.  It's leaking 
fuel.  The rubber covering on the hose (part 4) is flaking off and exposing white braided 
material.  The part 4 and part 38 are press fitted together.  Perhaps it is time to replace 
the hose?  How do you repair the connection?

4.  From the flexible fuel pipe (part 36), I collected at least 5 gallons of fuel.  According to 
previous postings, I shouldn't be getting much fuel since the fuel pump is not running.  
The car sat for at least 15 hours before work started.  Is my fuel system messed up?

Thank you for your help.


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