- Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
- Raise the vehicle and support it with safety stands.
- If equipped with a drain plug, remove the drain plug and drain any remaining fuel into a suitable container. If the tank has no drain plug, a siphon pump will be required to remove the fuel. Remember that it is possible to have several gallons in the tank; be prepared with sufficient containers. It is best to run the tank as low on fuel as possible before removing it, but keep in mind that -Empty- on the gauge may still leave 2 or 3 gallons in the tank.
- Disconnect the plug from the fuel pump and sending unit assembly. On 2003-05 modes, there is an access cover in the floor, under the mat to access the connectors. Remove the gravel shield, if equipped, from the tank.
- Disconnect the fuel lines. Plug all the lines to prevent fuel from leaking.
- Disconnect the filler neck and vent line.
- Remove the fuel tank protector.
Remove the bolts holding the tank to the vehicle and carefully lower the tank. It is recommended that a jack with a broad piece of lumber be placed to support the tank.
CAUTIONEven though the tank has been drained, it still contains highly explosive fuel vapor. Immediately place the tank outside; NEVER store it in the house or garage. Unless the tank is to be immediately reinstalled, use a hose to fill the tank with water as full as possible. This will flush remaining fuel and vapor from the tank and also carry off any dirt which has accumulated.
- Make certain the fuel tank is completely dry if it has been flushed. Install the pump assembly, if removed.
- Install the fuel tank. Tighten the tank bolts.
- Connect the lines and hoses. Make certain the hoses are not crimped or pinched. Make sure the clamps are correctly seated.
- Connect the negative battery cable.