Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Rochester, NY
Car: 1998 outback legacy
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Fuel line replacement
I just picked up a 1998 outback legacy, and with all of your help was able to get it running last week with a timing belt change, and new water pump.
The problem now is a fuel leak on top of the fuel tank. I believe I isolated it to the ganged up steel lines that run across the top of the tank. There are 4 lines, one that goes back to the evap tank, a supply line, a return line, and one that goes from
one side of the tank to the other. The evap line was really rusty, so knowing that its not under pressure, I carefully ran a length of rubber line over the tank and just plugged it in at either end. At this point I thought I had it solved, as I no longer had any leak.
I had resealed the plug hole on the driver side rear floor pan (gas had eaten the plug), so I didn't smell anything in the car, but once I got back home I had more drip, drip, drip, coming off the edge of the tank.
I would like to replace this whole group of hard lines without dropping the diff.
My question is, can I get access to the top of the tank by just lowering the tank to
the diff? It seems I only need about 3-4 inches of drop to place the new lines.
One more question....could I just bypass the steel lines across the top with high pressure rubber hose? I guess I would worry about chafing between the floor pan and tank, after all my kids are sitting directly above this!!