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Do you have to drop the fuel tank to change out the fuel sending unit or can you take of the bed to get to it?

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Most trucks have the sending unit on top of the tank... depending on your particular vehicle the sending unit may be under the cab of the truck or under the bed. You can crawl under the truck and look on the top of the tank (may have to use a mirror and flashlight) and see where its located. If its under the bed you could probably take the bed off and have all the access in the world. If you do take the bed off don't forget about all the tail light wiring, the fuel fill tube, and all grounding straps. Also don't forget to have some way to safely lift the bed off and reinstall it.(some buddies maybe)

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

You lossen & tip up the bed, if you
don't want to drop it down

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