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Old 03-02-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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I did search, but there were no topics on this.

I want to change my fuel screen in my tank, because after I ran a full bottle of seafoam I have a feeling the screen is clogged.

How much of a job is this? it is just held in by straps? I do have a lft so I can get under there pretty easy. Do I have to remove the heat shield or bumper first?
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drain gas... remove straps, un-bolt then open up the flap of metal protecting the fill/return fuel lines... then remove clamps and remove tube(s) from gas tank side and drop it down
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drain gas... remove straps, un-bolt then open up the flap of metal protecting the fill/return fuel lines... then remove clamps and remove tube(s) from gas tank side and drop it down
Really that simple? I just found a hole in mine today and need to do this. If my straps for the skid are rusted where can I pick up new stuff?
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Very easy job.The first time took me 1 hour,second time-20 minutes,no lie.

PB Blaster is your friend. You need a 9/16 wrench to break the nuts loose ,double the wreches up for better leverage.Or,if they are really rusted,just cut them off.I'd get some new ones before I cut them off.

Use a floor jack to hold the tank if you didn't run the fuel out or drain the tank.

Lower the jack so you can get to the filler neck hose clamps,remove both.

Remove tank.
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This makes me very thankful to have older xjs. Takes 15 minutes at the most.
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This makes me very thankful to have older xjs. Takes 15 minutes at the most.
Yup, I just pulled a fuel sender out of a 93 in about 5 minutes just a little bit ago.
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Really that simple? I just found a hole in mine today and need to do this. If my straps for the skid are rusted where can I pick up new stuff?
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drain gas... remove straps, un-bolt then open up the flap of metal protecting the fill/return fuel lines... then remove clamps and remove tube(s) from gas tank side and drop it down
When you say unbolt the fill return lines. Are you reffering to the bolts when you open the gas cover (where you fill it in at the pump)?
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Thanks for the info. I've got an 89 XJ that I just bought and is leaking gas from 2 places on a rusty tank.i pulled the tank and do not know if I should replace or try to repair. How do I know which way to go? If I repair, any product reccomendations?
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It is illegal to talk about gas tank removal on this forum. Some states do not allow you to run without one.
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Thanks for the info. I've got an 89 XJ that I just bought and is leaking gas from 2 places on a rusty tank.i pulled the tank and do not know if I should replace or try to repair. How do I know which way to go? If I repair, any product reccomendations?
I ended up just replacing mine. I used a some coupons when I did it so it wasn't that bad. But if your tank is rusted. I'm assuming your straps are rusted. And if your straps are rusted I'm assuming your bolts are rusted.

If you plan on Keeping the XJ for a long time I say just replace everything and forget about it. Don't forget to get a new fuel filter while you are at it. When I did mine I looked in the old tank and there were some woodchips in there

But also, try to find out where your tank is leaking from. Mine ended up to be leaking from the fuel pump face plate and not the actual tank itself, so I didn't actually have to replace it. But I ended up replacing it anyways because I drilled a hole in it to drain the gas
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It is illegal to talk about gas tank removal on this forum. Some states do not allow you to run without one.

X2 keep it on the down low.
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I see what you did there
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Thanks, XJ guy. I had to cut the bolts to get the tank down, so I think I am going to replace everything. Thanks for the tip about the filter, will do.
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FYI. The j bolts for the tank are surprisingly expensive. There is another thread about that you can look up. I made my own out of an eye bolt.
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