Without fuel, your Toyota Camry cannot run, and the fuel pump is instrumental in delivering fuel from the fuel tank to the engine. This part can wear out over time, which means it may need to be replaced. It is located under the rear passenger seats in the fuel tank. The seats will need to be removed in order to get to the pump. The pump is easy to reach after the seats have been removed. It is a modular unit that may only need a pump replacement rather than the entire unit.
You need a wrench, a screwdriver, and a replacement fuel pump for your Camry.
- Start by depressurizing the fuel system. In order to do this, you must first open the gas cap, locate the fuse panel under the hood and take out the relay “C/OPN”. Next, you will start the engine. Let the car run until it stops, and then disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the back seat from the car by lifting up the front edge of the cushions and disconnecting the mounting bolt. You can then lift up the cushion and remove it. Pull up the seatback locks, and lower the seatbacks down. Remove the bolts that mount the seat in place.
- Find the service hole cover and remove it. This is on the floor under the seat. It covers the fuel pump.
- Take the electrical and fuel line connectors off the fuel pump. Withdraw the unit from the fuel tank after removing the retaining bolts.
- Use a screwdriver to release the clips that are holding the fuel assembly support. Next, take the rubber isolator off, and remove the filter for the fuel sock. You can then disconnect the electrical connector located on the assembly top. The fuel pump can now be removed from the housing.
- Place the new fuel pump in place on the assembly hosing and connect it. Reconnect the electrical connector to the filter for the fuel sock, replace the rubber isolator and place the fuel pump/sending unit back into the plastic support.
- Replace the unit into the fuel tank and bolt it in. Put the electrical connectors back on and reattach the fuel line. Put the rear seats back in the car.
When you are finished, you need to pressurize your Toyota Camry fuel system. You can do this by turning on the ignition for a few seconds. Turn it off for 10 seconds, and then repeat the entire “on” and “off” sequence from five to ten more times.
This is a bit time consuming, but it is not a difficult fix if you need to replace the fuel pump on your Toyota Camry.