3214 fuel pump tool?

Fred Munro munrof at sympatico.ca
Sat Mar 1 05:19:06 PST 2008

I had one of the "1 in 10" cars with my '91 200q and all the home-made tools
and pry bars I tried couldn't budge the basket. I finally had to bite the
bullet and take it to the local dealer where they used the 3214 tool to get
it out. The tech was surprised it was so tight; he said you can usually turn
them out by hand.

Since that day long, long ago I have learned that if all you are trying to
do is replace the fuel pump, you don't have to remove the basket and pump.
The pump is retained in the basket with two snap clips. You can release the
clips by hand and pull out the pump, leaving the basket in place. Slide the
new pump into the basket and it snaps in place. Tool 3214 is not required,
but you'll miss out on all the grunting and cursing that normally goes along
with basket removal.

Of course, this will not work if you are using a non-standard fuel pump that
requires modifications to the basket to retain it.


Fred Munro
'97 S6

-----Original Message-----
From: quattro-bounces at audifans.com
[mailto:quattro-bounces at audifans.com]On Behalf Of Kneale Brownson
Sent: March 1, 2008 6:01 AM
To: David Michael; Mark J. Besso
Cc: Quattro List
Subject: Re: 3214 fuel pump tool?

The 3214 tool is for extracting the pump and/or its retainer basket from the
fixture attached to the bottom of the tank.  The basket and pump assembly
has protrusions that pop into detents in the fixture.  Sometimes a little
counterclockwise twist of the basket will release it from the fixture.
Sometimes it takes a considerable twist to get it loose and/or to reinstall
it securely.  The tool makes it a matter-of-fact effort.  Without the tool,
if the basket resists removal, sometimes a leather glove can let you apply
sufficient hand force.  If not, you need some kind of tool.  Some home-made
versions consisting of a bar to fit accross the top of the assembly and grab
a couple of the square notches there and some other way to apply rotary
force have worked.  The 3214 has teeth that fit into the notches as well as
an opening for a square drive extension that lets you use a wrench from
outside the tank opening.

  Removing the collar that holds the top and seal onto the tank itself
should be done with a nonsparking drift and hammer.  I have a brass drift
and brass hammer I use for loosening the collar.  The first time I opened up
a tank, I used a chunk of Oak and a hammer, but it took sufficient pounding
that the wood was all chewed up by the time the collar was back in place.
That's when I bought the brass tools.

David Michael <adavidmichael at gmail.com> wrote:
  Hi Mark,

Thanks for the note. I am interested in the tool because I have read that
1 pump in 10 is hard to remove and even harder to install. I figure if
someone has one of the tools handy nearby....


On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM, Mark J. Besso

> David,
> If that is the tool they suggest for removing the retaining collar you can
> easily do the job without it. The retaining collar has a number of
> sections
> in the rim that you can place a large, flat-bladed screwdriver. Tap
> in a counter-clockwise direction to unlock it.
> Keep in mind the fuel pump is mounted to the sending unit; suspended
> inside
> the tank. Don't force anything! If it doesn't come out easily -stop- and
> ask the list for more advice.
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