Bronco Gas Tank Removal

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Removing the fuel tank from your Ford Bronco may be necessary if the tank is leaking or has sustained some other form of damage. The tank on the Bronco sits between the frame rails all the way to the rear of the truck. It is held in position with a set of steel straps on top and a full skid plate underneath. The upper straps do not need to come off as lowering the tank out through the bottom of the truck is the simplest way to remove it.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • Raise the rear of your Ford Bronco with a jack and support it with a set of jack stands. Slide under the truck and locate the fuel lines on the fittings at the front of the fuel tank. Remove the hose clamps from the lines with a flat screwdriver and remove the lines from the tank fittings.

  • Position the jack under the center of the fuel tank skid plate and place a wide piece of wood between it and the tank skid. Raise the jack just enough to support the tank then remove the retaining bolts around the perimeter of the tank skid with a socket and ratchet.

  • Lower the jack slowly, until the filler neck hose from the body to the tank is accessible. Remove the hose clamp from the filler hose and the vent hose next to it with a flat screwdriver. Slide the hoses off the tank.

  • Slowly lower the jack, lowering the fuel tank and skid plate out of the frame. Once it is low enough, slide the jack back, bring the fuel tank and skid plate with it.

  • Remove the tank from the jack and set it somewhere safe. Outside or in a well ventilated area if preferred as the tank will still have some fuel vapors in it even if completely empty.

References

  • "Ford Bronco Factory Service Manual"; Ford Motor Company; 1986
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