How to replace the gas tank, the easy way with pics!

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  1. Connie

    Connie Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, it's really not that bad. Finished it up last night, all that was left was to hose clamp the fill and evap hoses and put the plastic cover back on, hook up the abs sensors, put the back brakes back together and put gas in the new tank! Pressurized the system afterwards, and no fuel leaks! yay!

    Having extra stands and taking your time as you raise it is the key. And don't drop it once you have the fuel lines attached to the fuel pump. If you do, you will almost certainly damage something, probably snap the fittings off of the fuel pump.

    Doing it a few times makes it easy, you learn new tricks along the way each time.
    If I were you I'd pick up wheel cylinders and a couple sections of pre flared line with fittings before you start. I usually pick up all the maybe stuff just in case, then return what I don't need when I'm done. I live a bit out of town so making a million trips to the parts store is annoying, especially if I'm working on my daily or in a hurry.

    I'm sure it'll go fine; good luck for when you do tackle it!
     
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    RedRyder Be a better driver

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    I have had a p1456 fuel vapor evap leak for a while now, replaced many parts and even did a smoke test and still couldn't find it so I gave up. Been meaning to look for it again, and heard it could be due to a rusting tank.

    Nice work, thanks for contributing! Repped and added to master DIY list.
     
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    Cool, thanks man!

    The thing with gas is that it can be leaking for long time and not be noticed because of how quickly it evaporates. I think the old tank had been seeping for years, because I always used to have that code until the new tank. It looked "wet" in many places all around the seam, but only actually dripped from a few spots along the seam.
     
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    That is so true about the vapor leak, we had a 03 civic that had a fuel pump leak and the way the tank was designed it would just pool fuel on top of the tank (was shaped like a bowl) under the back seat and you would never have a clue it was leaking if you did not have a good nose or leaking profusely.

    Talk about dangerous too... I can only imagine someone throwing out a cig in traffic in front of you and it flying under your car and hitting the tank area for the unthinkable to happen.
     
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    The gas would probably put out the cigarette. That's what happens if you drop a cigarette into a pail of gas. It's not that flammable if it isn't misted. But once it's on fire, good luck putting it out.

    I am a little bit of a pyromaniac, lol.
     
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    That is good information, I am still skeptical of any major heat source starting a fire, but then again that's what the schools around here used to drum into everyone's heads all those years ago.
    But these are also the same schools that tell you to duck and cover under your desk if a nuke hits :henry: , so I take it with a grain of salt lol.

    I cant lie, I went threw a pyro phase once, I think it's human nature as a petrol head genetics stand point lol.
    I mean, a motor is just a lil controlled fire explosion belting down the road at break neck speeds after all, lol.
     
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    Yeah I need to look at mine.

    Irrational or not, this has been my fear for the last couple years. :skurred:
     
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    Don't forget today's gas isn't anything like it was 20 or 30 years ago when it was red (not piss yellow like today's stuff). The old red stuff would lite off quicker, and burn better, and didn't have ethanol in it to slow down the burning process (it also used to give 2-3 more mpg's per gallon).
     
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    I guess you're talking about leaded gas?
    I'm only 31, so I guess I missed out on that...had no idea it used to be red though.
     
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    Even early unleaded was red. I don't remember when it changed to yellow, sometime in the mid to late 80's I believe. I know here in Michigan, 10% ethanol was started in 1980 in various places around the state. By the 90's it was everywhere though.
    But yes, I do remember leaded gas.:)
     

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