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

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Greg
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02-18-2014, 10:45 PM
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RE: 2003 VW Jetta Accessing top of fuel tank
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!
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02-20-2014, 09:10 PM
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RE: 2003 VW Jetta Accessing top of fuel tank
(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!

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