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Old 06-30-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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Fuel Pump Replacement Book Time

Does anyone know what the book time to replace a fuel pump on the E46? I having some issues with my independent mechanic and need to know what a dealership would charge to perform the same work.

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Old 06-30-2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:39 PM   #3
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It is very easy. I can do it in under 15 minutes and I work in an office all day. Infact I did do it in under 15 min last month when mine failed.

Any mechanic who takes longer than an hour should not be a mechanic!
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:46 PM   #4
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change out the fuel pump yourself. it only took me 30 mins and I was going SLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:59 PM   #5
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never realized it was a quick/easy job, I may do this as a preventative this fall.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:17 PM   #6
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Does anyone know what the book time to replace a fuel pump on the E46? I having some issues with my independent mechanic and need to know what a dealership would charge to perform the same work.

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Whammy, PM me the last 7 of your VIN and I'll get you the BMW factory labor time.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:22 PM   #7
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Any mechanic who takes longer than an hour should not be a mechanic!
Book time for a shop accounts for more than just the time it takes to swap a part....
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:37 PM   #8
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Book time for a shop accounts for more than just the time it takes to swap a part....
Truer words have never been spoken.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:25 PM   #9
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Does anyone know what the book time to replace a fuel pump on the E46? I having some issues with my independent mechanic and need to know what a dealership would charge to perform the same work.

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Full or empty tank. If it is full fuel has to be taken out or you risk a big spill.

To the person who did it in 15 Min I realy doubt it. Including pulling the ar in replacing the part clean-up and test driving the car. If you can do that in 15 day in day out everytime you are superman
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change out the fuel pump yourself. it only took me 30 mins and I was going SLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
+1 with the girl with the cat. I was going slow and drinking beer, and I did it in under an hour. I don't the book time, but an hour minimum seems right. You can offer to remove the back seat and save the shop a minute.
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Full or empty tank. If it is full fuel has to be taken out or you risk a big spill.

To the person who did it in 15 Min I realy doubt it. Including pulling the ar in replacing the part clean-up and test driving the car. If you can do that in 15 day in day out everytime you are superman
Seth, it doesn't matter how much fuel is in the tank. The fuel pump is accessible from the bottom right side of the back seat. The tank does not need to be removed.



To all: Luckily car is now repaired and I do not need to know.
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Seth, it doesn't matter how much fuel is in the tank. The fuel pump is accessible from the bottom right side of the back seat. The tank does not need to be removed.



To all: Luckily car is now repaired and I do not need to know.

Fuel pump is not in the highest point in the tank so it DOES matter...
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Fuel pump is not in the highest point in the tank so it DOES matter...
To a shop that takes the utmost care with a customer's car, it matters. You'll probably never convince the average DIY'er though.
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To a shop that takes the utmost care with a customer's car, it matters. You'll probably never convince the average DIY'er though.
I would assume most shops and peopl would not just pull the pump dumping fuel all over the inside of the car? That would smell for weeks
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yeah but lets be honest here. some shops will claim to "remove the fuel" just to add more time to the labor when they can easily replace the fuel pump without removing the fuel (assuming fuel at right level). this is why I never take my car to the mechanics unless I have to. come on now...mechanics are just like any other business. they are out to make money or maximize their profits.

NOTE: I am not saying this is how you run your company, i am just saying what I wrote above is not that uncommon.
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Does anyone know what the book time to replace a fuel pump on the E46? I having some issues with my independent mechanic and need to know what a dealership would charge to perform the same work.

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30 minutes and let me break it down for you.

1) 5 minutes to remove back seat cover and bottom cover. they just pop out.

2) 15 minutes to bang/twist the fuel pump collar. this collar is what secures the fuel pump to the fuel tank. use brass tool to bang it because brass doesn't spark.

3) 10 minutes to remove the fuel line and fuel pump

30 minutes right there and that is if you are going slow. I replaced mine in 30 mins (removal and installing)
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yeah but lets be honest here. some shops will claim to "remove the fuel" just to add more time to the labor when they can easily replace the fuel pump without removing the fuel (assuming fuel at right level). this is why I never take my car to the mechanics unless I have to. come on now...mechanics are just like any other business. they are out to make money or maximize their profits.

NOTE: I am not saying this is how you run your company, i am just saying what I wrote above is not that uncommon.
I agree, However I also am in a shop management group I see 20 shops numbers all over the country and it the same stories TRUST ME no one is getting rich at this. As an avg expenses are very high in this business
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Full or empty tank. If it is full fuel has to be taken out or you risk a big spill.

To the person who did it in 15 Min I realy doubt it. Including pulling the ar in replacing the part clean-up and test driving the car. If you can do that in 15 day in day out everytime you are superman
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:20 AM   #19
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op if you made more than:

~$180 for the job, I think i might die.
$160
http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...ump%20Assembly
$20
http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...0Pump%20Gasket
$0.59
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