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Fuel pump replacement a DIY project?

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The fuel pump on my 1992 US Spec 9000S recently died stranding my darling wife and daughter on the other side of town...

I had the car towed to a local garage that fixes everything (I suppose). They want about $150 more for the fuel pump than the local foreign car parts place charges, $80 for a $10 - $15 fuel filter and $240 in diagnostic/labor charges. The nearest Saab dealer with $120/hr labor rate wants 1.5 hrs, but the pump is even more money.

How difficult is it to replace the fuel pump? Can a relatively mechanically inclined person (me) with little auto repair experience (I just did the brakes and have done a number of lock motor changes and used to change the fuel filter in my C900) do this without killing himself, burning down neighborhood, etc.? I've never messed with fuel tanks, etc. other than repairing a leak in an old car 20+ years ago.

Fortunately this is our third car so I can take my time (AFAIK)...
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Many thanks for the help so far...

From the speed of Durf's repair, I take it that the fuel tank doesn't need to come out of the car (I'm assuming that the pump is "in" the fuel tank). Please enlighten me... BTW, the car is sitting at the garage that towed it awaiting my blessing to make the repairs, so I can't look for myself.
 

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Well, I chickened out on doing it myself...especially after my wife found a local mechanic who'd do the work (including installation) for about what I could buy the pump for.

The car now runs, but it doesn't start as well as it did before the pump died. Any suggestions about what to check? Could the pump have died from something in the fuel which would have also caused the plugs to foul? Coincidence or not, the pump died after buying gas at a station that we hadn't used before...and the same thing happened with my '96 9000CS a few years ago (but that's a longer story).

The mechanic also replaced a fuel line and a check valve (described as a little rubber part). I wish I could be more exact, but my wife dealt with the shop exclusively and I"m getting info third hand.

Continued thanks for your help!!!
 
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