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11/22/2017 10:05:29 PM
Posted: 10/3/2004 7:12:31 PM EST
...and changed the fuel pump?


I have removed the fuel tank from my 4wd 1997 Tahoe, and have replaced the fuel pump. We have been trying for 5 hours to get the tank back with no luck whatsoever. It seems like the tank is too long - we tried pushing the front of the tank up first, and also the back of the tank.

When the back of the tank is against the rear axle, we still need about 2 inches to get the tank past the front crossmember. Have we gone completely mad or is there some deep dark secret to this? When we removed the tank, we removed the front first and had to use a prybar to get it out.

Jacking the axle up OR down seems to make no difference.

The crossmember is riveted in, not bolted. At this point I am ready to pull the rear axle. The way the front of the tank is constructed precludes "prying" it back in because the tank will begin to buckle.

All the options are what confuse me - in other words if I KNEW that the front had to go in forst for instance, and that the axle had to be down, then at least I wouldn't be going crazy trying all these different methods.

No, I'm not a moron. I realize that it should be able to fit back in, but this defies logic. I have pulled engines, transmissions, and crazy hard-to-get-to stuff before, but this takes the prize as the #1 pain in the ass job I've ever done. ANY help is GREATLY appeciated, as I am ready to set this damn thing on fire.

Link Posted: 10/3/2004 7:23:00 PM EST
http://www.chevytalk.org/threads/ubbthreads.php

http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forum/

http://www.automotiveforums.com/f1108.html

Best I can do. I own one but haven't had to mess with the fuel pump yet. There are a couple of GM Certified mechs on those forums who can help you out.
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 7:28:49 PM EST
If you do ever have to change it, follow the advice in the Chevy Forums and cut the floorboard, under the rear seat. It's a 8x8 inch hump. If I had done that the job would have taken an hour, if that.

Thanks for the other links, I had Chevy Talk, and the King of Tahoe / Sub forums:
forums.vmag.com/suvsuburban0103/index.html
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 7:33:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By PeteCO:
If you do ever have to change it, follow the advice in the Chevy Forums and cut the floorboard, under the rear seat. It's a 8x8 inch hump. If I had done that the job would have taken an hour, if that.

Thanks for the other links, I had Chevy Talk, and the King of Tahoe / Sub forums:
forums.vmag.com/suvsuburban0103/index.html



Do you have a two door or a four door and would it have made a difference?
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 7:36:08 PM EST
I have a 4 door. There must be a different tank in the 2 door.
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