The fuel pump on a 1997 Ford Windstar hangs suspended inside the fuel tank. The purpose of the pump is to move gasoline from inside the storage tank down the fuel lines to the fuel-injection system. Without a functioning fuel pump, the Windstar is unable to move under its own power. As a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to replace the fuel filter when installing a new pump. If you have basic car repair skills, you can install a fuel pump in a 1997 Ford Windstar in a few hours or less.
Tools Used: Tools, Battery wrench, Socket set, Floor jack, 2 jack stands, Rags, Screwdriver, Rubber mallet
Install a Fuel Pump
Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery with the battery wrench. Open the fuel filler door and unbolt the fuel filler neck flange with the socket set. Pull the flange out so it doesn’t impede the movement of the fuel tank.
Lift the rear end of the Windstar with the floor jack and support it on the jack stands. Move the jack directly below the gas tank and raise the jack head up until it rests against the bottom of the gas tank.
Unbolt the two gas tank retaining straps using the socket set. Pull them down, out of the way by hand. Hold the fuel tank steady and slowly lower it with the floor jack until you can reach above it to disconnect the fuel lines and vapor recovery lines, as well as the fuel pump wiring harness.