Gas tank

Tiny
RAINCOATRANDY
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  • 2001 CHRYSLER SEBRING
  • 2.7L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,040 MILES
I want to remove my gas tank so I can replace the fuel pump and fuel filter. However, I have no idea how to remove my fuel tank, it almost looks like it is sealed to the car.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 5:39 PM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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That is not the fuel tank. The fuel tank is farther forward in front of the rear axle. You have to get the car at least two feet in the air to remove the tank as it has to drop a small amount for you to get to the wiring and fuel lines. Then wrestle it the rest of the way out. Next you need air to clean around the pump retainer ring. Remove the ring then the pump. Reverse to install.

However, and no disrespect meant, if you are not sure what the tank looks like you may want to pass on doing the pump yourself. If you break a line or install an O-ring wrong you can have a very bad problem. Plus the bonus is than you do not end up stinking like gas!

Now if you still want to try, look on YouTube there are likely a few videos on pump replacement on the same year/make/model of car that will give you a lot more information.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 6:17 PM
Tiny
RAINCOATRANDY
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Thanks a lot for the reply man. Honestly I feel like I have done a ton of research just to try and find out what I was doing and I never found anything about taking off the gas tank anywhere. Well again thanks a lot for the long!
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 6:26 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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One question, is this a Sebring Coupe (two door) or Sedan (four door) or convertible?
Big difference in access.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 7:01 PM
Tiny
RAINCOATRANDY
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It is a sedan.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 7:52 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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BOOOOOOO. Those you have to drop the tank. The coupes have a handy access panel under the rear seats.

Here are the "book" directions:

Release fuel pressure from fuel system.
Disconnect negative battery cable. Raise and support vehicle.

Place a gasoline container (at least 16 gallon capacity) under fuel tank drain plug. Drain plug is located on left edge of fuel tank. Remove drain plug. Allow fuel to drain. Install drain plug, and tighten to specification. (Warning plug does not drain all fuel from tank)

Support fuel tank with a transmission jack. Remove fuel tank strap bolts. Slightly lower fuel tank. Disconnect fuel filler vent tube. Disconnect fuel and vapor lines. Disconnect vacuum line from leak detection pump. Loosen fuel filler hose clamp, and disconnect hose. Disconnect fuel pump module harness connector. Lower fuel tank from vehicle.

Sounds like a piece of cake, until you find the rust and dirt the years add on. Then the nice brittle plastic and hard hoses.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 9:10 PM
Tiny
RAINCOATRANDY
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Thanks a lot for your help! Do you have any clue what time of labor costs I would be looking at if I took it to a mechanic?
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 10:47 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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Book time of about one and half hours. So probably real world time of about two hours. Around here that would be about $180.00 for labor and about $250.00 for the pump. Labor rates vary a lot though. (Even though the tech actually doing the work gets paid crap) If you are on Facebook you could ask folks what local labor runs.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 AT 11:50 PM
Tiny
RAINCOATRANDY
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Also, one last question sorry about asking I am not well versed in vehicles in general. Would you happen to know where the fuel filter would be on this car as well? It is apparently not a typical fuel filter you would find on most cars.
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Thursday, February 16th, 2017 AT 1:07 AM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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It is on top of the fuel pump and is part of the pressure regulator. Still need to drop the tank to get to it though. It can be changed without touching the pump itself.
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Thursday, February 16th, 2017 AT 3:17 PM

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