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2003 VW Jetta Accessing top of fuel tank - cabride - 02-18-2014 08:32 PM

I have a 2003 VW Jetta 2.0L(gas) and a couple of days ago fuel started leaking from underneath the vehicle when I filled it at the gas station.
Further inspection revealed it was a vapor hose coming off the bottom of the fuel tank fill neck that had been gnawed at by a mouse or squirrel. I ordered the replacement piece and tried to install it today.

The problem is that I need to access the top of the fuel tank to make the connection and cannot get to it from the underside of the vehicle. I also can not get to it from the fuel pump well under the back seat.

Will I need to remove the fuel tank to access it or is there a way to get at the top side without removing the tank?

Thanks
Greg


RE: 2003 VW Jetta Accessing top of fuel tank - Rupe - 02-18-2014 10:45 PM

For things like that you usually need to drop the tank out of the vehicle or at least lower it enough to get a hand in there, which means having the fuel level low enough to be able to handle the tank without causing a spill. If you have never done this before you may be in for a rude suprise as how hard it is to balance a tank with even a few gallons sloshing around.

Precautions: No smoking, no drop lights, battery disconnected, nothing that can cause a spark, etc. I have seen professional shops burn to the ground from a small fuel spill so be really careful!


RE: 2003 VW Jetta Accessing top of fuel tank - cabride - 02-20-2014 09:10 PM

(02-18-2014 10:45 PM)Rupe Wrote:  For things like that you usually need to drop the tank out of the vehicle or at least lower it enough to get a hand in there, which means having the fuel level low enough to be able to handle the tank without causing a spill. If you have never done this before you may be in for a rude suprise as how hard it is to balance a tank with even a few gallons sloshing around.

Precautions: No smoking, no drop lights, battery disconnected, nothing that can cause a spark, etc. I have seen professional shops burn to the ground from a small fuel spill so be really careful!

Thanks Rupe