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Can anyone tell me if it’s 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 she’s been left
for six months with only a small amount of diesel in the tank I’m guessing the pump has sucked up muck
from 16 years of running,so I’m 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.:*:*:confused:
 

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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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Thanks for that, guess it saves me a load of work, I suppose it’s 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,
T:A:
 

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Thanks to all for the info,
Now here’s a sorry tale, as I’ve 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 he’d 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 couldn’t 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 didn’t 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
I’d seem, someone stuck a banana up the exhaust of a Camaro, I would NOT run, I dropped the exhaust and
she ran!!!! I’ve 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, I’ve replaced the converter and complete exhaust,
she runs now like she’s always done for sixteen years.
All the best lads& lassies, Brian 0049bri.
 

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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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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 (I: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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