A car's fuel tank is an integral part of the fuel system in which fuel and air mixture into the car's engine bring out the needed power in making the car run. Fuel tanks are used as storage for excess fuel oil from the car's engine. Chevy fuel tank is one of the efficient tanks in the industry with features that can suit various vehicle types. The tank is made up of two important components, an inlet and an outlet pipe. The outlet pipe is used to put off the waste particles from entering the carburetor. Carburetors are commonly used in vintage cars and race cars. It is positioned on top of the intake manifold and has internal buffles that automatically opens for the air and fuel mixture to enter the engine.
The location and design of fuel tanks must not take up the vehicle's space. Most auxiliary fuel tanks are situated on the rear portion of the vehicle. To prevent the fuel from splattering into the fuel system of the car, internal baffles are used. Defect in the baffles can be determined if noises are heard on the rear part of the car especially when adding or decreasing speed. Fuel filler pipe, fuel outlet line and a vent system are standard components of all fuel storage tanks. Filler pipe prevents the leaded fuel from entering the fuel system. Fuel lines are made up of elastic hoses and steel lines to transport the fuel from the tank to the engine. Any tool made of copper or aluminum must not be used when having steel lines repair or replacement. The rubber hose must be replaced with high-quality materials since ordinary rubber can be easily subjected to wear and tear.
As product of technological advances, plastic can now be used as component for fuel tanks. Plastic fuel tanks are used nowadays in various applications because of its flexibility. It can be molded in different shapes and forms, has stronger resistance against corrosion and puncture, lighter in weight and cheaper compared with other materials used. New technologies are used to improve the capacity of plastic as fuel tanks. Fire resistance is one of the aspects to be improved. Plastic fuel tanks can melt when exposed to fire which can cause fire as the fuel content flows out. Modern marine fuel tanks have crosslinked resin which does not melt when exposed to too much heat. Another solution developed is to use intumescent coating on the exterior surface of the plastic. Exposure to fire changes the intumescent covering into a bulky layer that can protect the plastic. The layer prevents the fire from heating up the tank.
Closer Look at Chevrolet Fuel Tank
A look around you as you travel the roads makes it quite plain that you have the potential to be driving your Chevy for a long time, though to achieve this you will have to expect to replace a variety of parts through the years, including your Chevy fuel tank. Located where it is, your Chevy fuel tank is vulnerable to all the road debris and road splash that you encounter, a combination that is ripe for the development of rust, especially when the dings and dents eventually are able to wear away the coating that is applied before your Chevy fuel tank is installed to protect against corrosion, compromising the surface and leaving it open to the effects of the caustic melted road salt found in winter slush. However, it isn't only working from the outside in that rust can eat away at your Chevy fuel tank. When you get the occasional tank of fuel that has been contaminated with water or condensation collects on the inside of your Chevy fuel tank, rust can form there as well, and begin working its way through the inner walls to the outside. Once the rust progress to that point, you'll then have a leak in your Chevy fuel tank. That is a much bigger deal than simply watching your fuel money collect on the ground underneath your vehicle, a total waste. A leaking Chevy fuel tank has the potential to be a fire hazard, and under a rare, but entirely possible set of circumstances, your vehicle can actually explode. If the leak should splash upon, or be leaking directly on, hot exhaust system parts, the fuel, highly flammable as it is, can ignite, and the flame can follow the leak right back into the fuel tank and cause it to explode. You'll find an affordably priced replacement for your Chevy fuel tank in our online catalog, readily available and easily ordered, either via our secure site or with a toll-free telephone call.
Replacing a Chevrolet Fuel Tank
A lot of things can go wrong with your Chevy, from missing bolts and torn bushings to loose belts and busted engine components. The Chevrolet fuel tank is probably the last thing on your mind. But this, too, can break or get damaged. It can be punctured and may leak. It may also have defective or damaged seams or may have loose hardware somewhere. There are tank repair kits, but these don't always work. If you have to replace the fuel tank, we can help you figure it out. Here's a quick guide:
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Replacement fuel tank
- Wrenches, sockets, and other basic hand tools
- Fuel line
- Hose clamps
- Gas storage container
Note: Have a fire extinguisher on hand since gas is highly combustible.
Draining the fuel tank
Empty the fuel tank. If the fuel tank has a drain cock, you have to ease the valve to drain the fuel. If it doesn't have a drain cock, you have to disconnect one of the fuel lines. The rubber hose that leaves the tank at the lowest part will drain it. This can be linked to a fuel pump, fuel filter, or fuel line running to the front of the vehicle. You have to unlock the clamp at the end of the line that runs to the gas tank. The hose must be pulled off so that the gas can be poured into a receptacle. This should be stored properly. This can be used to fill in the new tank.
Disconnecting the fuel lines
Remove the fuel lines that are linked to the fuel tank. You'll be pulling out more than just one line and will have to locate the fuel supply line that exits the tank at the lowest point and runs towards the fuel pump or engine, the large fill tube from the gas fill entry point, and the vent line that lets pressure escape.
Note: Take a picture of the setup so that you can reassemble them later.
Dropping the rear suspension (not a requirement to all vehicles)
Note: If the tank can be pulled out with the rear suspension in place, you can skip this step. You have to check the setup to find out if this needs to be done.
Detach the rear shock absorbers' bottom fitting. Once this is disconnected, you have to pull down the rear suspension and take it away from the dangling shocks. Use a jack to hold the rear suspension beam or drive assembly at the center in place. You also have to undo the lower shock mount bolts. To prevent damage on the rear brake lines, disengage them. After this, you may now release the large nuts linking the rear beam or drive assembly to the frame. Use the jack to lower the assembly to the ground.
Removing the fuel tank fuel tank and installing the new one
Unhook the metal straps that secure the fuel tank. To do this, you have to loosen the nuts located at the straps' end. As you pull them down and unhinge them from the other end, you can now remove the old fuel tank and put in the new one. Just reverse the earlier steps to install the new tank.