It is not often that you need to remove fuel lines from your car or lower the gas tank. Thus, when the time for this comes, you may be unsure of how you can go about it. The good thing is that you do not have to rely on your mechanic. You can easily handle this on your own. All it takes is some patience and attention to detail. Then you can save some bucks on this process as you will do it without professional help.
Why is it Necessary?
Removing the internal components of the car is not advisable. But there may come a time when this is the only option. It could be that you need to service the parts or replace them. In some instances, you need to repair the components to ensure efficient operation. If it so happens that this is the only way to keep your car running, here is what you need to do:
How to Remove Ford Fuel Line Clips
We will deal with this process, step by step. It is quite easy. Setting aside a few hours of your time will be sufficient. That said, let us get started:
Being prepared enables you to accomplish tasks with ease. For removal of fuel lines, you will need to get the required tools. For starters, you will need strap bolts which can work with a 12, 13 or 14-millimeter open-end wrench. You also need slotted screwdrivers which you will use with the hose clamps. Additional tools to disconnect the fittings in the fuel lines will be necessary. And you can look into what you have and whether it works for the said purpose.
The other items you will need are pretty standard. They include jack stands, a jack, fuel-rated containers to store the fuel, a pump to remove the fuel and rags. You also need to have a fire extinguisher in place. It will come in handy if there is an emergency. You can never be too safe when handling flammable materials.
You now need to prepare the car for the procedure. Have it such that it is on a flat surface. The best material to have underneath would be concrete. Asphalt is not advisable as it can get damaged when it comes into contact with fuel. Where you cannot find a suitable surface for the car, you can always go with soil. In this case, ensure that the ground is compact such that it provides the vehicle with adequate stability.
Where you need to make any repairs to internal components, you should have the necessary parts with you. There are parts that you can quickly get from a local supplier. Say, for example, you need a submersible fuel pump; you can get this from a local auto parts dealer. Where you need something like a fuel level sensing unit, you would require to make an order for the same. Thus, be sure to check if you have what you need before commencing any work on the car.
The last step is to seek help. We are not talking about getting a mechanic to step in and offer assistance. But instead, have an extra pair of hands with you to help out where needed. Given that you will be handling a gas tank, you will need someone there to take the weight off your shoulders. Even where the tank is empty, you will find that it is difficult to handle it without some assistance — especially where you are under the car. Also, you could have an accident, and it would be great if you had someone watching your back. Again, you can never be too safe.
That is all regarding preparations. Note that though this guide features how to use a ford fuel line disconnect tool, we will also touch on 2005 f150 fuel tank removal.
The most crucial step at this stage is to remove the ground cable of your battery. The essence of this move is to prevent any sparks when working with the fuel. The results would be disastrous and would have you rushing to the ER. And you could get scarred for life.
Also, you need to get a large container which can hold the fuel. Where you are unsure of what would work, it is better to go big than small. You don’t want to get to the middle of the task, only to realize that you are short on space. You will find that in most cases, tanks have a capacity ranging from twelve to twenty gallons. Thus, you can work with this estimate to give you a feel of your needs.
When getting a container for the fuel, you cannot use any vessel, and you need to go with one with approval. You can now position this under your car in readiness for the transfer. Where your vehicle has a drain plug, you should remove this to make the draining possible. As you do so, you should take caution to ensure that you do not get any fuel on you. It could be that your car lacks a drain bolt. Where this is the case, you should locate the tank’s filler hose or drain pipe.
You can now look for an adapter that can work with the filler hose or drain pipe where this is necessary. Then connect an intake hose from a pump to the pipe.
Now, you can have the discharge hose of the pump leading into the gas container. Using the pump, ensure that you drain all of the fuel that is in the tank. Having openings is not advisable, and you should seal them to prevent the escape of gases.
We are done with fuel removal and can now move on to the next step.
You need to stabilize the car to ensure that it stays in place. If it moves as you raise it or work under it, the results can be quite devastating. So be sure to take caution in this step.
Once you have checked your vehicle’s front wheels, you can proceed to elevate it with a jack or a hoist. It should be high enough that you can reach the straps that secure the tank. You should also ensure that the space allowance is big enough to enable you to remove the gas tank.
When you get it to a comfortable position, you can hold it in place with jack stands.
Now, we are finally down to 2006 f150 fuel tank removal. If you have seen the 2006 ford f150 fuel line diagram, you may think that this would be quite complicated, but this is hardly the case. The same goes for a 2005 f150 fuel line replacement, as you will see.
The first step is to get rid of any debris that may be outside the fuel lines. You can do this by directing compressed air into the components. While doing so, use a small brush to loosen the debris as this will make the task much more manageable.
You need to have a work mat under the car, on which you will lie for comfort. Where you lack one, you can use a sheet of plywood, a rug, or any other comfortable surface. The material you choose will also help you keep track of the fasteners and nuts to avoid losses. Plus, it will serve to protect the tank as you maneuver it from underneath the car.
You need to disconnect the fuel tank wiring’s harness connector from the body. You can achieve this by removing the ground wire screw from the body. However, this depends on if your car has one.
You can now remove the fuel lines from the gas tank. The process will depend on your car, and it is best to refer to the manual for this. You may find that you may need a unique tool to deal with the fittings.
From here, proceed to wipe off the vent pipes and the filler with a soft material such as a towel. You can then disconnect the tubes to the tank. You will likely have to lower the tank by a few inches to access the pipes. You will thus need to exercise precision as you could damage the tubes during the lowering.
The next step is to unhook the filler neck. Where yours is in one piece, you can do so by removing the screws around the filler neck. Where yours is in two or three parts, you will start by loosening the clamp and removing the hose from the neck. As you do so, check to see if the fuel hose at the top of the tank has adequate space to drop down when you lower the tank. You should take care so as not to damage them during the lowering.
Next, check the fastening system for the tank and remove the bolts holding it in place as you lower it slowly. You will need an assistant at this point to help you handle the weight of the tank. Else, you could end up damaging the straps around the tank.
That’s it. Your work here is complete!