REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
The fuel tank is mounted drivers on the side of the vehicle. If it is necessary to work on the fuel tank or its components and fittings, the ignition must be switched to the OFF position and the negative battery cable disconnected.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. remove all fuel tank safety covers or tank protectors.
- Before removing the fuel tank, the fuel should be drained out into a suitable gasoline safe container. It should be noted that these models are equipped with a drain plug on the tank.
- Place a suitable jack under the center of the fuel tank, be sure to use a flat piece of wood between the jack cradle and the tank so as to prevent damaging the tank. Spray the fuel tank retaining strap bolts and nuts with a suitable penetrating fluid.
- Loosen the fuel tank retraining tank bolts and nuts, but do not remove them yet. Slowly lower the jack so as t take up the slack in the fuel tank retraining straps.
- If so equipped, remove the trim panel inside the vehicle then reach through the hole and disconnect the fuel evaporative emission control hose and fuel gauge sending unit wiring. If your model is not equipped with this access panel, lower the tank enough to gain access to the wiring and disconnect it.
- Working from inside the wheel well, disconnect the fuel filler pipe from the fuel tank and the inlet pipe in the body.
- Relieve the fuel pressure.
- Disconnect and separate the main and return fuel hoses from the respective tank connecting lines underneath the vehicle.
- With the tank still supported by the jack, remove the tank strap bolts and slowly but carefully lower the fuel tank. Remove the lines that may still be attached or hindering the removal process in any way.
- Installation is the reverse of removal.
Be sure to always pay attention to the following:
- Always use new gaskets when replacing the fuel tank or any tank component.
- When reinstalling, be sure to include the rubber protectors on the upper surfaces of the tank and tank band.
- Be sure to check all fuel lines and connections for cracks, leakage or connection deformation. Repair as necessary.