Finding the Best Fit Fuel Filler Hose
You'd think that shopping for a fuel filler hose would be a rather simple affair. After all, a hose is just a hose, right? Like all other components of a fine piece of engineering that an automobile is, a lot of care has to be given to choosing a good replacement. That is especially true for a fuel filler as fuel is the lifeblood that drives you-pun intended-forward.
Getting fit right
The first thing that needs to be considered is the fit. We're talking lengths and circumferences here. While the location and function of the fuel filler hose is the same in all vehicles, there are enough differences between the actual builds among makes and models to make this important. Get it wrong, and you will have wasted time and money.
There are two sources of information that you can tap into to get this right. The first is your vehicle's owner's manual. These often overlooked manuals hold the exact specifications of every component in your car. The second is the hose you currently have installed! Nothing helps in matching more than what is already on-hand.
After finally managing to get the fit right, there are still a few other things to consider. You see, not just any long piece of tubing will do to replace something as important as a fuel filler hose. The most important factor to then consider is temperature resistance. A good range to work with is -40 degrees to +210 degrees Fahrenheit-it should be able to withstand extreme cold and heat.
One last thing
This last bit is a funny one. Make sure you determine whether the fuel filler hose you need to replace is for the main or the auxiliary tank! Those are two different things.
Car Repair: Putting In a New Fuel Filler Hose
Fuel is such a costly investment in today's struggling economy that we can't ever afford to bleed off even a tiny drop to faulty hoses. The great thing about hoses, though, is that they are cheap and easy enough to replace. All you need are a couple of tools, some patience, a little effort, and this very simple and handy guide.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Stuff you will need:
- Replacement fuel filler hose kit
- Vehicle's owner's manual
- Screwdrivers-flat- and Torx-head
- A friend
Step 1: Disconnect the negative terminal of your battery, and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before starting any work to avoid any nasty electrical shocks.
Step 2: Remove any metallic objects or fire-generating devices from the area and from your person.
*Note* Working with and around fuel is very dangerous. While you really can't expect to find any Hollywood-type explosions, the prospect of burning up is danger enough.
Step 3: Using the owner's manual as a reference, locate the fuel filler neck. Generally, this is located in the fender well.
Step 4: Carefully position the gas cap towards the gas door, and the other end of the neck towards the gas tank.
Step 5: Have a friend hold the gas cap flush to the gas door-then carefully bolt the cap to the door using the Torx-head screwdriver.
Step 6: Reach into the fender well, and slowly slide the fuel filler hose out on top of the gas tank, and slide in the new fuel filler hose in its place.
*Note* Make sure that the hose clamp that came with your kit is securely around the fuel filler hose. As soon as it's securely around the gas tank, tighten down the hose clamp using a flat-head screwdriver.
Step 7: Reverse the installation steps to get your gas tank and door in the normal operational position.
Step 8: Verify that everything is secured properly, verifying against the diagrams in your manual.
Step 9: Reattach your battery and start your car to immediately test the success of the installation.