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Old 29-04-18, 07:31   #1
2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
0049bri 0049bri is offline 29-04-18, 07:31

Can anyone tell me if its possible to remove the Fuel tank from the interior of my
2001 TDI 2.5 or does it have to be dropped from underneath?
My previous post said no fuel or not enough coming thro to the filter, so as shes been left
for six months with only a small amount of diesel in the tank Im guessing the pump has sucked up muck
from 16 years of running,so Im planing to take out the tank for cleaning and hopefully clean the pump.
Anyone whose carried out this op, I would most welcome your observations and comments.
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
29-04-18, 08:23 #2
sleepwhendead
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https://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=286619
 
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
29-04-18, 22:30 #3
alancaddy
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You can probably clean the tank with it in situ just as well as with it removed. You'll need to remove your left front seat then lift the carpet to get at the tank inspection hole. Not enough fuel being delivered is often a problem with the fuel level unit in the tank, if it's plastic fuel pipes crack this can prevent fuel from being drawn up. Hope this helps.
 
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
01-05-18, 08:12 #4
0049bri
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Thanks for that, guess it saves me a load of work, I suppose its a mouthful of diesel to syphon out
the juice! ( no drain plug on the tank?) but I look forward to getting back UK and looking after her again,
 
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
01-05-18, 08:39 #5
0049bri
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Originally Posted by sleepwhendead View Post
Thanks for the thread, all very helpful.
 
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
15-05-18, 15:42 #6
0049bri
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Thanks to all for the info,
Now heres a sorry tale, as Ive said before my 2001 Westy was parked up covered nicely
on my mates farm in the Uk, trying to start it for me ,no dice,like a mate he said hed bung
in fresh diesel which he kindly did....... into my fresh water tank! Thanks, just the beginning,
on my arrival back UK I checked pump fuse/relay etc I couldnt hear the pump so I guessed it was clogged up
after six months or had drawn in dicky fuel, I drained the tank, all the clever two pipe syfoning didnt work so
back to a mouthful, then 20ltrs Fresh, still no luck, she always tried to start but 1200 revs then dead, I removed
front seat ( LHD) carpets then pump, pump ok......Jesus this really got me going then I remembered a film
Id seem, someone stuck a banana up the exhaust of a Camaro, I would NOT run, I dropped the exhaust and
she ran!!!! Ive angle grindered the exhaust and there stuck deep inside,a RAT!!!
Sorry Tale for not to ever leave her alone again and NEVER on a farm, Ive replaced the converter and complete exhaust,
she runs now like shes always done for sixteen years.
All the best lads& lassies, Brian 0049bri.
 
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
15-05-18, 16:39 #7
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But...you don't HAVE a pump in the fuel tank....
 
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
21-06-18, 19:59 #8
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I met a guy with a 2002 TDI who just paid 600.00 to replace the fuel pump inside his tank. He just would not listen to me as he trusted his good friend who was a mechanic.
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Re: 2001 2.5TDI Fuel Tank removal
11-01-19, 06:29 #9
thos72
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The guy I bought my TDI cheap off had a fuel supply problem... They changed the fuel pump for the auxiliary heater. (only pump they could find) ...changed the timing belts. Computer specialist tweaked the injection pump for more fuel (he actually used a hammer), replaced the maf... and you know none of that made any difference..... All done by top dollar VW specialists.



The fuel line had worn against its protective sheath. Found if when I tried blowing the lines back to the tank to check for clogging and found the opposite. As there is no push pump so no tell-tale leak on the ground, it was a little damp but mostly hidden in side the protective sheath.
 
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