A Straightforward Guide for Replacing the Fuel Tank Selector Switch
If your vehicle is equipped with an extra fuel tank, then it's highly likely that you know the importance of the fuel tank selector switch. This handy little component allows you to choose the tank that you want to use while driving. With this component, you no longer have to worry about getting trapped in the middle of nowhere because of an empty tank or finding a gas station for a fuel refill. Keep your mind at ease by ensuring that it's always in good condition. Here's how you can replace a faulty fuel tank selector switch on your own:
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Owner's manual
- Replacement fuel tank selector switch
Step 1: Raise the hood of your car and locate its battery. You need to disconnect the negative battery cable from its terminal. Doing this ensures that your safe from electrocution. It would also be better if you wrap the ends of the cable with a clean cloth to make sure that it won't come into contact with metal surfaces.
Step 2: Remove the instrument panel of your car. Keep in mind that the mounting hardware used for this component may vary for every vehicle. Make sure that you check your owner's manual before trying to take it off. Usually, the instrument panel may be pried off with a flathead screwdriver.
Step 3: After you've successfully detached the instrument panel, you may now access the circuit of the fuel tank selector switch. Unplug the electrical wires that are connected to it one by one. Make sure that you work cautiously to avoid damaging any part of the circuit.
Step 4: Take your multimeter and test the resistance of the circuit to check if the fuel tank switch really needs to be replaced. If the reading is more than 0 ohm, then proceed to the next steps.
Step 5: Carefully pull the faulty fuel tank selector switch out from its mounting location. If it's held by a set of fasteners, you need to detach those first. Be careful not to lose the fasteners, you should place them on an organized area.
Step 6: Install the replacement fuel tank selector switch on the exact place where you removed the old and damaged one. Make sure that it's properly aligned before you securing it in position.
Step 7: After you've set up the new fuel tank selector switch, you should reconnect the electrical wires that you removed earlier. Double-check if all the wirings are in their proper places. The last thing you want is another electrical problem.
Step 8: Place the instrument panel back and make sure that it's securely mounted in place.
Step 9: Reconnect the negative cable of the battery and then test if the new fuel tank selector switch is working properly. You should now be able to access both the fuel tanks of your vehicle.
Changing a damaged fuel tank selector switch may take around one hour to finish. If you're a novice DIYer, expect to get this done in an hour and a half.