I have a TD5 110, with fuel guage issues. I know what the fault is, a rubber
sleeve off the end of the filler spout for my Jerry can slipped off and
dropped down the big hole in the side of the car that swallows money. About
14 months ago!!
My fuel guage is now playing up, and I presume that said item of rubber is
now interfering with it, the guage never reads less than a quarter full even
though there is nothing but vapours. I have had this problem before and last
time I solved it by filling the car to the brim and presumable floating the
bit of offending rubber out of the way.
I am on a family holiday in the lakes over new year and know I will have
time to try and effect a more permanent soloution to the problem and so have
a few questions.
Having consulted with the Haynes BOL but not physically got on the floor
under the car it seems pretty straightforward to get to the fuel sender unit
on the side of the tank and remove it, does anybody know if this would give
me a reasonably sized hole to play coat hanger fishing through?
If not the fuel return assembly looks like the largest hole to fish through
however that will involve whipping the tank off completely. Can anybody give
me an approximation of how long it will take me to get the tank off and then
back on again? plus any tips on stuff to watch out for as I'm doing it.
I'd obviously be doing this _as if_
on the side of the road with a limited
tool kit of a socket set, some screwdrivers, some spanners and a couple of
ramps and a jack to lift the back of the car up to get better access. I'm a
total mechanical numpty and pretend I know nothing about cars at all in
conversations down the pub. I can manage to change brake pads and do simply
stuff like adjust my handbrake to pass the MOT and then adjust it back again
to how I like it, but if this seems like to ambitious an enterprise for me
I'd appreciate somebody saying so. That way I wont even bother taking the
stuff with me away on holiday.
I do want to do it though as I would be very satisfied with myself, plus it
will give a justified break from being bounced on by toddlers.