1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet changing fuel pump

Do you happen to have a 1987 VW Cabriolet and your fuel pump has gone out? Well you came to the right blog post!!

For those of you that are wondering why I’m, Elle, writing this post. It’s because recently I had to change mine and I had a hard time figuring it out. And for those of you who don’t know me I don’t work on cars. I’m a newb.

Okay first. Take the negative cable off the battery.


This is an important step!! Don’t forget to do it.

Then take your back seat out of your Cabriolet. There are 2 screws that you undo and the seat slides out.

You’ll see a round black circle with 3 screws. Undo those screws and pull it off. You’ll see this:


Now you want to unplug the wire. The metal circle twists. If you have a hard time like I did, use a screw driver and tap a hammer to get it to twist. To twist if off turn it counterclockwise.

Then unfastened the screws holding the tubes on. And gently slide the tubes off. Then twist and gently pull up.

Be careful or…


You’ll have to fish the screen out of the tank. It’s a tight fit and when I pulled my old one out the screen fell in.


And there is your fuel pump. You can see at the bottom where the screen goes. Order a new one. I ordered one online and it came to my door.

Unplug the wire on the pump and then use the screw driver to loosen the tube. And the pump slides off. You do the reverse to apply the new one. Sorry I didn’t take photos of this.

Slide the new fuel pump back in. Twist it clockwise to tighten. I tapped it with the screwdriver to tighten it on. Then reattach the hoses and plug the cable back in.


Make sure it looks like this. Place the cover back on.

Now put the negative cable on. And sit in the driver seat. Turn the key on then back off 3 times. You need to prime the pump!

Also be sure to check your fuel pump relay.


I took mine out and it wasn’t pretty. Replaced it.

But wait… my car still wouldn’t run right. Found out my alternate was bad. Don’t worry I’ll post how to change that soon!!


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