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I have a fuel leak somwhere near the gas tank. There is fuel which leaked on to the rear axle but I can not find the source.

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  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  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.
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  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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