Q. Was it the same the first time?
A. Clean- No. The entire top of the assembly was a nice dirt/dust brown.
A. Easy screws and bolts- Yes. Nothing really gave me a problem, all was pretty easy. Even removing the hoses for the first time was simple.
Q. What was the problem that led to replacing the pump?
A. Wife got in the car to run some errands, and the car simply would not start. Turned over great, but acted as if it wasnt getting enough fuel. Fuel pump sounded very weak to me, so I went ahead and purchased a new one ($80 at NAPA). Installed it, crossed my fingers and "ta-da".
Q. ...and then the o-ring?
A. When I had the fuel pump assembly out the first time, I noticed the metal cap and o-ring didnt look right. The metal cap looked like it was cross-threaded and the o-ring was bulging out of one side. I thought I would just take the metal cap off, reset the o-ring, and re-attach the metal cap- WRONG! Apparently the o-ring has swollen over the years and this swelling was the reason for the bulging. Anyways, I got the o-ring off but could not get it back on, so I went ahead and finished the fuel pump install and put everything back together (minus 1 o-ring). With the new fuel pump, the car ran fine, but took 2-3 attemps to get started if it sat for more than 15 minutes.
Q. How did you narrow it down to the o-ring?
A. That was the only thing that I removed that wouldnt go back in its place. Sucks to put something back together only to have a part left over
. Anyways, I wasnt sure if the car was even going to run without that o-ring in place, but I gave it a shot and lucked out.
Ideally, I should have replaced the o-ring while I had the assembly out for the new fuel pump, but I just wanted to get her home first.
Hope this answers your questions...