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Thread: 2000 Chevy Silverado-Remove Bed or Drop Gas Tank

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    Artie
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    Default 2000 Chevy Silverado-Remove Bed or Drop Gas Tank

    I have a 2000 Silverado with a surging gas gauge and after searching
    the other posts, I see it is a common problem. My question is: what
    would be easier to do to replace the sending unit in the gas tank,
    remove the bed or drop the gas tank. For anyone that has removed the
    bed, how easy/hard is it? Thanks in advance.

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    Ed H.
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    Default 2000 Chevy Silverado-Remove Bed or Drop Gas Tank

    I have had to pull the 17 gallon gas tank on my '78 Scout a few times and
    have found I can lower it using only my muscle power as long as it is empty.

    I suggest using a siphon pump (about $5) to drain it, then build a
    non-sparking support (I used layered wood blocks) a few inches below the
    thank. Put a a piece of wood between a floor jack and the tank, removed the
    straps holding the tank and slowly lower it on to the surrounding
    non-sparking supports. That way you can look for and disconnect anything
    that may cause a problem lowering it (i.e. sending unit wires, fuel line,
    etc.) enough to pull the tank out from under the vehicle.

    If you use a flash light to peer around any open fuel lines, spend a few
    extra dollars to get an intrinsically safe (Cat 1, Div II) model or at least
    turn it on and off away from any gas vapors.

    However, I do recomend putting some non-sparking support (wood blocks) under
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    "Artie" <artie_henderson@............> wrote in message
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    >I have a 2000 Silverado with a surging gas gauge and after searching
    > the other posts, I see it is a common problem. My question is: what
    > would be easier to do to replace the sending unit in the gas tank,
    > remove the bed or drop the gas tank. For anyone that has removed the
    > bed, how easy/hard is it? Thanks in advance.
    >

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    Steve W.
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    Default 2000 Chevy Silverado-Remove Bed or Drop Gas Tank

    > I have a 2000 Silverado with a surging gas gauge and after searching
    > the other posts, I see it is a common problem. My question is: what
    > would be easier to do to replace the sending unit in the gas tank,
    > remove the bed or drop the gas tank. For anyone that has removed the
    > bed, how easy/hard is it? Thanks in advance.
    >


    Pull the bed. Much easier than attempting to drop a tank with gas in it.
    Remove the bed bolts, Disconnect the rear light wiring harness,
    remove the screws holding the fuel filler line to the box. Drop the
    spare tire. Now have a buddy come over and help you lift the bed off. If
    you have access to a tractor with a loader or similar then you can sling
    the bed and lift it with that. Once you have the bed off you can tip it
    up, wash it down real good and scrub any rust off then undercoat it
    before you put it back on. You could also paint the frame while you have
    it apart.

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