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Old 03-25-2006, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i need to change my fuel tank as i think i have a leek,smells of fuel is it a easy job or do i sell the car i have a doner car so i have a tank.
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really not that big a deal. It's right in front of the passenger rear wheel. You should be able to figure it out. You might have to take your back seat out.
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It'll take about 4 hours with out a lift, the only pain is removing the exhaust and drive shaft because it goes across the lenth of the car about the size of the back seat itself... Do be sure not to over tighten the tank crossover tube, if this strips, you are in trouble.

But before you do this, pull your rear seat and access plates and check if the tank sending unit seal or anything easy to get to are leaking. This way you can fix it without pulling the tank.

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thanks for the help guys i have removed the doner tank and the one on my car is leeking from the fuel neck as it joines the tank damm
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great news i did it not that hard when you get into it . drove it today and yes shes as good as new,love it any excuse and i have to go out in my bmw now
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It'll take about 4 hours with out a lift, the only pain is removing the exhaust and drive shaft because it goes across the lenth of the car about the size of the back seat itself... Do be sure not to over tighten the tank crossover tube, if this strips, you are in trouble.
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I had the tank replaced in mine too; when I picked it up from the seller I took it into the gas station next door and put $60 of fuel in it, only to find it was pissing out of the bottom of the tank : They fixed it but it still needed replacing 15K miles later. I also needed a new float which I tried to fix myself, but the little wires and the plastic floater thing - too fine for my fingers. When I replaced the float the 'tank empty' light stopped working: any suggestions? (I did reconnect BOTH the plugs under the inspection covers beneath the back seat)
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try and get a spare fuel sender unit and connect it out side the tank that will tell you if the fuel sende is us or nor .could br bulb
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