good idea Royce. will there be a lot of oil coming out of the hole when the pump is off? will the pump begin to make this kind of sound as it gets older? the fuel lines have some amount of play. is it necessary/preferred to remove the fuel lines? thanks-Sure, remove the pump. The engine will run for about a minute at idle with no fuel pump.
no, just trying to minimize work. if the lines don't need to come off, just remove the two bolts that attach the pump to the block and pull it out. actually, i am HOPEFUL the noise is just the pump wearing out. otherwise it might be connecting rod bearing or main bearing wear. that would be a bummer.I would think you just remove the pump, leave lines attached, it AIN'T going to pump if NOT ATTACHED. Maybe put a rag where the pump mounted You are ONLY going to run the engine for a few seconds. IMO.
Dale in Indy
P.S. Are you thinking LOSE lines might have been BUMPING EACH OTHER, causing the noise?