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Faulty Fuel Pump

The fuel pump on my 88 5KQ has that telltale buzzing sound indicating and iminent failure.  Right now, I am scrambling to get it replaced ASAP.  I understand that (archive info) fuel pumps have tendency to burst into tiny metal particles that get through filters and wreac havoc with the fuel system ($$$).  I also understand (archives) that fuel pumps have unnaturally short life span. Is that true? What is a good price and a source for a fuel pump? Can I fix the old one by removing/ cleaning the filter screen in the pump? Should the filter screen be removed prior to the installation of the new pump? Is the job easy to do by a curbside mechanic (me). 


Boston, MA