Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Tank Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Most Honda fuel tanks are equipped with a drain plug



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Fig. Exploded view of the fuel tank and mounting components-Prelude shown, Accord similar



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Fig. Exploded view of the fuel tank and lines



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Fig. Always ground the fuel tank, as shown here, when you are working on or around it



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Fig. Make sure to have the fuel tank properly supported before removing any of the mounting fasteners



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Fig. With the tank supported, unfasten the fuel tank strap fasteners, then carefully lower the fuel tank


CAUTION
Observe all applicable safety precautions when working around fuel. Whenever servicing the fuel system, always work in a well ventilated area. Do not allow fuel spray or vapors to come in contact with a spark or open flame. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher near the work area. Always keep fuel in a container specifically designed for fuel storage; also, always properly seal fuel containers to avoid the possibility of fire or explosion.

The vehicle must be raised and safely supported to allow the fuel tank to be removed from underneath the vehicle.

  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Relieve the residual fuel system pressure as outlined in this section.
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  5. On some models, fold the left rear seat cushion forward and remove the plastic seat base, then remove the floor pan access panel.
    1. Detach the fuel pump electrical connector, then disconnect the fuel feed and return lines.
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  7. On V6 models, perform the following:
    1. Disconnect the fuel feed and return lines, and detach the fuel pump electrical connector.
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    3. Remove the fuel pump. For specific details, see the fuel pump removal procedures in this section.
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    5. Using an approved hand pump and storage container, remove the fuel from the fuel tank through the fuel pump access hole.
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  9. Carefully jack up and safely support the vehicle.
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  11. On some Prelude models, perform the following:
    1. Remove the middle floor beam.
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    3. Remove the fuel tank drain bolt and drain the fuel into an approved container.
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    5. Install the fuel tank drain bolt using a new sealing washer, tighten the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm) and apply a coating of a rust preventative to the bolt.
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  13. On early (Canadian) 4-cylinder Accord models:
    1. Remove the fuel tank drain bolt and drain the fuel into an approved container.
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    3. Remove the fuel hose joint protection cover.
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    5. Install the fuel tank drain bolt using a new sealing washer, tighten the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm) and apply a coating of a rust preventative to the bolt.
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    7. Disconnect the fuel return hose, vapor hose and quick-connect fittings.
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    9. Detach the fuel pump electrical connector.
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  15. On clamped fuel lines, release the clamp tension and slide the hose clamps away from the fitting. Carefully twist the hoses while pulling to remove them. Make sure all fuel hoses and electrical connectors have been properly disconnected.
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  17. Support the fuel tank with a jack.
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  19. Remove the fuel tank strap fasteners and allow the straps to fall freely.
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  21. Carefully remove the fuel tank. The tank may stick in place due to being undercoated. Carefully using a suitable prytool, remove it from its mount.
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The installation is in the reverse order of disassembly. If the tank is to be replaced, transfer the needed components as necessary using new seals, O-rings, and quick-connect connectors.

 
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