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Brake line behind fuel tank leaking

I have a 1989 Ford Ranger 4 Cylinder the brake line is leaking behind the fuel tank

I belive it is a plastic line is their an easy way to fix it not having to remove the fuel tank

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Andreas

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  • aandraschek Jan 06, 2009

    Thank You



    I must correct it is not a plastic line it is steel and it is for sure brake fluid



    Thanks again



  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    plastic line for a brake line ? are you sure it is a brake line that is leaking ?

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If the line leaking is plastic then it's not a brake line it's a fuel line. If the truck runs then it is most likely the return fuel line. If you can't get to it without dropping the tank then that's what you'll have to do, but you shouldn't need to remove it completely.
It is best to siphon out as much gas as possible. Before you removing the bolts take 2 pcs. of smooth fence wire or even 12ga. copper wire and make a cradle to support the tank, cut the wire at least 2 ft. longer than what it will take to go from the frame to the drive-shaft.
At a point about 1/3 in from each end of the tank lupe one end of the wire through holes in the frame and twist it a couple of times, then run it under the tank and around the drive shaft and twisting the ends a couple of turns.
After you get all the bolts out of the tank supports if you don't have room to repair the line you can loosen the wires around the drive-shaft and allow the tank to drop down some[this is why you need the wires 2 ft. longer]
After the repairs which will probably be replacing the rubber fuel hose that attaches the line to the tank,[I'd replace both of them] tighten the wires around the drive-shaft and replace the tank bolts. Remember to get all your bolts started before you tighten any,

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  • Hayward Cowan Jan 07, 2009

    A couple of things you may want to do while you have the gas tank lose.

    -If any brake fluid got on any rubber fuel hose you should replace it as brake fluid will cause it to deteriorate.

    -Clean any brake fluid off the surface of the tank as it is corrosive.

    -If any brake fluid got on an electrical connector, separate and clean the connectors with spray on electric motor or contact cleaner. If the connector looked like it had grease in it, then reapply dielectric grease.

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I own a 93 ford it is pissing fuel out from the top of the tank or a line. one strap is broke and i cant loosen the bolts on the other strap. i tried heating the damn thing up and every thing. what is the best way to getting this fixed

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