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Gas tank leak

Can anyone guide me the steps needed to remove the fuel tank as it leaks from the top facing the undercarriage.

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  • ab_annuar Sep 08, 2008

    Some more info: can see the leak coming down at the LHS while the engine running even when the tank is nearly empty, could it be other than tank leak problem?

  • ab_annuar Sep 08, 2008

    Megadeth_600 is right, the plastic tank is not at fault. Based on his input I opened the plate with 3 screws. I do not notice any leak until I start the engine. There you are I can see petrol start leaking from the connection of the outlet hose. I tried to tighten the securing clip and it snap right away. Changed to a new clip and restart the engine, and that's it no more leak. Thank Megadeth_600 and to Ajkill.Finally manage to solve my problem within minutes and without the hassle of removing ha gas tank. Great!



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Always ground yourself to the vehicle's chassis to prevent sparks while working on or around the fuel tank.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the access panel under the rear seat or in the luggage compartment.
  3. Disconnect the gauge sending unit wiring and hoses.
  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  5. Drain the fuel tank into an approved container.
  6. On Cabriolet models, remove the right rear inner fender and disconnect the breather hose from the filler. Remove, but do not disconnect the gravity valve.
  7. Detach the fuel pump bracket from the body.
  8. Lower the pump enough to disconnect the fuel hoses from the tank.
  9. On Cabriolet models, the rear axle must be dropped out of the way as follows:
    1. Disconnect the brake hydraulic hoses at both sides of the rear axle.
    2. Detach the rear axle from the body on both sides and let it hang on the parking brake cables.
  10. Unhook the muffler supports and pull the large hose from the filler neck.
  11. Support the tank, loosen the straps and carefully lower the tank out of the vehicle.
To install:
  1. If a new tank is being installed, glue new foam strips to the tank in the same location as the old ones.
  2. Position the tank and secure it with the straps.
  3. Connect the wiring and hoses to the sending unit.
  4. Attach the fuel pump bracket to the body.
  5. On Cabriolet models, install the rear axle, connect the hydraulic lines and bleed the brakes.
  6. Install the access panel once all electrical connections have been made.
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8. Fill the tank with fuel and check for leaks.

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Check the tank by the trunk. In other words, lift the floor in ur trunk, the tank cover (about 6 inches in diameter and same color as the car) should be right there under a plate with three screws. Open that with a phillips head screwdriver (star) and check if u see gas there, maybe the gasket (more like an o ring) is no more good. U will have to unscrew that big white plastic bolt there but check to make sure the two gas lines are snug and secure in their place first.

VW's have plastic gas tanks, therefore not rusted or punctured( highly unlikely)

If this doesn't help, lemme know and ill tell u how to remove the gas tank.

Good luck.

Posted on Sep 08, 2008

  • Jean Leblanc Sep 08, 2008

    Way to go buddy, my pleasure. Thanx for the rating too.



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