- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Drain the fuel tank.
- Relieve the fuel system pressure.
- Remove the exhaust system.
- Remove the propeller shaft.
- Disconnect the filler hose from the fuel tank.
- Disconnect the filler vent tube from the evaporative emission hose.
- Disconnect the fuel feed hose, the fuel return hose and the fuel EVAP hose from the chassis bundle.
- Unplug the fuel tank electrical connector.
- Disconnect the EVAP hoses from the EVAP canister.
- Pull outward on the retainer tab in order to disengage the retainer from the chassis.
- Unplug the electrical connector from the EVAP canister.
- Raise the lower control arms using a suitable screw jack in order to remove the load from the lower shock bolts. Remove the lower shock bolts, then remove the screw jack.
- Position the screw jack under the rear frame near he adjuster tie bar, in order to support the front of the rear frame. Remove the 2 front bolts from the rear frame. Use care not to over extend the rear brake hoses.
Lower the screw jack until there is approximately 2 inches (50 mm) between the front mounting surface of the rear frame and the chassis. This will allow clearance to access the fuel tank strap bolts.
Remove the fuel tank strap bolts. Position the fuel tank straps downward around the rear frame. Carefully bend the fuel tank straps ONLY enough to allow the fuel tank to be removed.
Ensure the following are free from the surrounding components while lowering the fuel tank:
- The fuel tank wiring harness
- The EVAP wiring harness
- The EVAP hoses at the EVAP canister
- The fuel and EVAP hoses at the chassis pipes
- With the aid of an assistant, carefully lower the fuel tank from the vehicle.
- Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the tank strap bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).