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My wife has a 2000 SAAB 9.3 convertible. Fuel pump went and was replaced by a local "SAAB" specialist 2 weeks ago.

My wife drives it all the time and she mentioned today that she can only fit 12.5 gallons in the tank when she use to regularly fill it with 17.5-18 gallons.
I filled it tonight and it shut off at 12.7 gallons.
The tank reads 3/4 full, but the auto shut-off on the gas pumps won't let me put in any more.

What does this mean? Did they replace the fuel tank with a smaller one while changing the pump? No tank replacement was mentioned or is on the paperwork.
I find it hard to believe we lost 6+ gallons of capacity!
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks so much,
Jerry
 

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They probably installed the pump assembly with it rotated slightly the wrong way and the float arm for the sender unit it not located where it should be. I would bring it back to them and have them fix it.
There are alignment marks on both the tank and pump assembly (see the 5 pic here), make sure they line them up correctly, when tightening the retaining nut the assembly can move.
Or they bent the float arm when removing the assembly, either way it should be fixed for no cost.
 

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Wait, I thought you had to cut the metal body of the car to remove the old fuel pump..but in those pics they just take it right out?
 

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To do this task the easiest way, one must...and I'll bet the mistake laden garage wish they had....now its another "drop the tank" saga....and probably an argument "we did nothin' wrong".:evil::confused:;oops:
 

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They probably installed the pump assembly with it rotated slightly the wrong way and the float arm for the sender unit it not located where it should be. I would bring it back to them and have them fix it.
There are alignment marks on both the tank and pump assembly (see the 5 pic here), make sure they line them up correctly, when tightening the retaining nut the assembly can move.
Or they bent the float arm when removing the assembly, either way it should be fixed for no cost.
^^^^this^^^^^^

The pump can be fiddly to get in. I'm guessing if you went to an indy they wouldn't do as I and many others have (cutting away round the shell) by doing it through the rear seats.
 

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Look carefully, the hole has already been cut with tin snips under the rear seat. If the guys cut the hole in the original posters car, fixing this problem would be very fast... Ron
 

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They probably installed the pump assembly with it rotated slightly the wrong way and the float arm for the sender unit it not located where it should be. I would bring it back to them and have them fix it.
There are alignment marks on both the tank and pump assembly (see the 5 pic here), make sure they line them up correctly, when tightening the retaining nut the assembly can move.
Or they bent the float arm when removing the assembly, either way it should be fixed for no cost.
This is awesome! Thanks for all the input. It sure sounds like that's the problem.

I'll let you know how it goes. The shop that did the work two weeks ago broke the automatic shift slide plate (The plastic thing that keeps dirt and Egg McMuffin remnets from going into the mechanisim!) and they said they didn't do it and refused to fix it. I left the car the night before and it was fine. After our last "discussion", I'm sure I'm in for a battle over this issue.
I'll keep you posted!
Thanks.
Jerry
 
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