800lb Gorilla: I have an unusual issue on an e46 where the fuel gauge will read empty
until the tank is around 7/8ths or 3/4ths, then it will read fine down to
E. Fill up the tank and it'll remain at E until it burns back down to
The pump in the car now was installed by a dealer, I haven't pulled it yet
to see what happened but my best guess is there is something physically
interfering with the level, or, the aftermarket pump isn't sending the
right voltages for the gauge to display fuel level properly.
Anybody encounter something like this before?
Eugene Bruno: Hey, I just watched your video--which is very informative. I just learned
I have a problem, I purchased my 2003 BMW 325I (manual) 2yrs ago and it
drove ok. But I have realized they hardly kept up with maintenance. But my
problem is, my BMW does not drive like a BMW. It does not accelerate with
power when I step on the gas; it feels like it struggles to move, like it
drags. Basically, it does not move with power like BMW's are supposed to.
What you guys know what is wrong with my BMW?
Michaela Sorenson: Is this the same for 2004 325i?
g3w3hr: Excellent video! I watched this and then successfully diagnosed and
repaired my own fuel pump in my 2002 325i! You are a great man and this is
a great video, kudos!
Ed Mathews: I just had the dealer do this on my 2003 325i. Cost was a thousand dollars.
What a rip off. I was so done with that car that I sold it right after
that. I handle most of my repairs myself, but I did not diagnose the fuel
pump issue, and felt stupid after they told me what it was.
hamoda ali: thank you buddy you saved me $400 back in 2011 and it was my firs
DIY, since that time I never been in a mechanic shop if so just to know
which part is bad and go home and fix it , thanks again because you made me
believe in my self and save my money , god bless you bro
Chris Villarreal: Is it the same procedure on a 2004 bmw 325ci?
Jack Tompkins: Thanks for the video! made it really easy...
charles dukes: Thanks for the video man Ur truly a life saver
Dustoff85: Question, I just paid $980 to replace pump and labor,I think I was just
taken to the cleaners. What should this fix have cost me? I took it to
Eurotech import car service thank u
joe smith: FYI: This video does not apply to BMW's SULEV vehicles. These low-emission
vehicles have a completely sealed metal gas tank and the fuel pump is
sealed inside the tank. The only way to replace the fuel filter, is to
replace the entire gas tank. BMW offers a 15 year, or 150,000 mile warranty
on these vehicles' gas tanks. The dealers may tell you this warranty is
only good in California, but that is not correct. The warranty covers ALL
vehicles regardless of the state you reside. Go here for more info:
Rene G. Solis: I can't seem to get that pesky clamp off, how'd you guys get it off? I've
been fighting it for an hour and it won't come off and I ended breaking the
tip off. Thanks for all the help btw!
Allyson Myers: I have a '01 325i. When I try to fill the gas tank, after a few seconds gas
comes pouring out from under the car. I can't find anything on the web
about it. Can anyone help please? And the fuel gauge doesn't read full and
the gas isn't overflowing out of the tank opening where you put the hose.
Zander Images: Ed, my mechanic gave me an estimate of $770 to replace my pump. I purchased
the unit on Amazon for $115 with next day shipping. Add to that $80 for a
two day car rental and $120 for a long distance tow and I saved about $455
SPECIFICALLY because of your well explained video. I really appreciate the
assistance and the time you took to create this instructional video. -A
huge fan in NJ.
Note: The electrical jack slides back then pulls up. To put it back slide
the bracket back again and then push it down. Then push the slider forward
to lock.I had to watch the video again to get this right.
Also, make sure you have clamps before you start the replacement. I could
not reuse my clamps and had to run to the auto parts store. I used
Autocraft 9/16"-5/8" Part #AC52F16V.
platipus79: What was your meter set on, and what sockets in the connection did you plug
it in to? Its a bit hard to tell from this vide, but its excellent none the
Dustin Tate: That other wire the older model have wire the fuel pump side and the return
I think its the fuel gauge. Great video thanks for showing me the access
too the fuel tank
Lee Thorley: Excellent video.. many thanks
Ulf Sivertsen: Gents….didexactly what EdzGarage showed in this video – pleasant and easy
Few things need attention:
• DO NOT try to start or turn the ignition on to check or listen to the old
pump when it is demounted – the left hand side overflow pump will pump fuel
through the pipes and into the car!
• Remember to buy a clamp for 1,2 to 1,6mm, (for the rubber hose) if it not
comes along with the pump.
• The large o-ring that, secure the pump to the right place in the thank,
must be easy to install and tighten up as showed in the video be aware of
dust, rust and wear/deterioration.
IMPORTANT: The sealing ring should be seated on the inside edge of the gas
tank with the flat lip portion of the seal resting on top of the tank and
the rest of the seal protruding inside the tank.
Once the seal is properly in place the pump assembly can be slid the last
couple inches into position with the last half inch giving a satisfying
"thump" as the pump squeezes into place in the seal and the pump flange
hits the seal and gas tank. It is easy-peasy to screw down the locking ring
with the seal properly in place whereas it was almost impossible to do so
with the seal fully outside the tank and getting squished between the tank
and the pump flange
Case: 2002 e46 330i, 182.000km (appx 110ts/m) the car went suddenly “dead”
(funny enough on the gas station).
Original spare part/fuel pump from BMW cost DKK 2.200,. BMW Labor cost per
hour DKK 1.500,
2,5 hour + pump total cost appx DKK.5.900,-/1.100$
Europe OE-quality spare part DKK 873,-and 2,5 hours’ work (next time it
will only take me 1 hour).
Savings appx DKK 5.000,-/900$.
Gentlemen - great thanks to this video, great thanks to EdzGarage.
Ulfsiv, Denmark, March 2014
Patrick Q: Bro, you just saved me about $1500 bucks at the dealer. I was having the
same exact issue. Watched your video, did all the tests prior, no power to
the pump. Checked fuse box, then pulled seat checked pump. Nothing. Called
NAPA, $230 for new pump (here in Hawaii everything is a little more
expensive). Followed video, straight running smooth again. Thanks bro!
EliasTheHunter: My 02 325i is in this same situation! 150,000 miles, original pump.
The stealership wanted $1,240. I spent $164 for the fuel pump and gasket.
I'll get a filter/regulator when it's running again.
Thanks for the tutorial!
RRSYS.info - Roulette Prediction .: The wire you ask whats it for may be for the diesel models
Patrick Galvao: Very helpful video, I was having the same exact problem and fixed it myself
for $70 thanks to your video
Laur Iordache: Thank You from the bottom of my heart. This video really helped me a lot.
Abdullah Almatar: hello, I have x5 2007, I have this problem only with very cold weather, so
If I put the car inside the garage then will start, but if I put the car
outside just for 2 or 3 hours it will crank but no start. now in
Arlington, Virginia the temperature is 27 degree, so the car will not
start, even when the temperature 36 degree, will not start just cracking. I
just change the battery. any suggestions please.
tcphoto: I wish that mine went in as easily as yours. It's important to install the
gasket first and then the fuel pump.
Alan Temling: My fuel pump works but when it gets to below 1/4 tank I run out of petrol
so in my case it seems to be the sender unit not the pump.
Any help on replacing or diagnosing this or do I have to replace the pump?
Jacob S.: I can't believe how easy this was to do! Exactly as you said 145 bucks and
an hour of my time.
Carol Lindberg: Wow - terrific video - thank you! My 2003 325i has right at 165K miles as
well and I have owned it since 36K miles. The price for replacement is
doable. Greatly appreciated !
andygondorf: Thanks for your time to make and edit this video mate, I had to replace the
fuel pump in my 2002 e46 316 touring, and you made my problem a lot
clearer. I'd add that in the touring there are two wiring looms going
into the fuel tank, the one on the right hand side (viewed from behind) is
the pump, as in your case.
Muhammad Shaheer: Hey man. Nice video. Need alittle advice, Since i changed the fuel pump on
my E36 318i. After cold start running 10 to 15 kms, it starts smelling like
fuel overflow in the engine (Coming in more then required) and also
unstable idles. What would be the problem? How can i get it fixed? Any help
would be appreciated
james penn: Life saver.... I had a mechanic diagnose mines an he quoted me $500 from
his garage on xmas eve so ummm that's not gonna happen then I found ur
video the local discount parts store had it in stock for $114 it took me
about 30 mins an I'm on the road again lol thx u saved Xmas
james duffy: Thank You!
Christopher M: When I did the electric test at the fuel pump mine registered below 5
volts. Is that a problem? Thanks!
Michael Dias: Thanks very much
Darrell Wolfe: BTW: Thanks for the video! Helped a lot.
Nikk Adams: Dealer quoted me $767..ill be using this video for sho
Igor Parkman: Great video! Really helped me diagnose my fuel pump.
XIITURKIISHIIX: Thank you very much I too have thé same problem on my 320d 2003
Darrell Wolfe: You know you forgot to tighten the fourth nut right?
William Atkinson: Great instructional video. I was able to change the fuel pump on my 2003
325xi and save a few hundred bucks, thanks to your video.
Jeff Adkinson: A few things that I found that made it easier, the rubber sound barrier was
already cut, on the back side of the pump (towards the trunk) there is a
slot to put a flat head screwdriver in to help release the pump and I found
it easier to install the rubber seal in the tank first and then put the
pump in. I had trouble getting the pump in with the seal on it.
Ali Terro: hello can u put a video about the fuel sensor how to test it and replace it
Toade21: My car died in the middle of a busy road at rush hour. As I was stranded
on the side, watching cars almost clip me, I watched this video waiting on
the tow truck. With just that little info, I got home and diagnosed the
problem within 30 minutes. Then after calling every auto parts store in
the area, one had a fuel pump in stock. It took me about 1 hour total to
take the old one out and put the new one in.
Thank you for this video!
briank9051: Huge help. I had same issue (bad fuel pump) and this was the fix for it.
-2001 BMW 325ci
Problem occurred at 100k miles
roon demahom: Excellent presentation. Explanation very short, sharp & straight to the
point. Easy to follow up without a plan or a rough sketch drawing or a
blueprint. Very easy to understood theory & practical. I really enjoyed all
your video clips & I never feel bored watching several times. I liked your
way of tutorial concept, slow & calm. Double thumbs up to you for your
efforts & once again a big thank you for your very useful info & tips. That
was truly impressive for me. A man with brillion ideas & tricks. You are
one of Professor Genius Sir David Einstein of modern and advanced
mechanical engineering. (:-) (:-) (:-) (:-) (:-) (:-) (:-)
EdzGarage: I hope it helped. Thanks for watching!
EdzGarage: Sorry, I wish I knew. Try going to the e46Fanatics forum and see if someone
over there has posted the same question. There's a lot of great people over
there, and they love to help out fellow e46 drivers.
EdzGarage: Thanks for the info!
fred Arno: Hi Ed, Today a have put a new fuel pump in my BMW E46 320I from 1999 but my
car crank but wil not start. the same symptom as you I have.. The car
cranks but wil not start. What you think is the problem. I hope that you
can help me.
EdzGarage: Thanks for watching!