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How to Replace Fuel Hoses


Tools Needed to Replace Fuel Hoses
Make sure you've gathered the proper tools to complete the job.
Make sure you've gathered the proper tools to complete the job.
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Replacing the fuel hose on your vehicle is going to take time and patience, and it could require getting underneath the car. It's also going to take the right tools for the job.

First, purchase the replacement fuel hoses. These can be bought online or at a store that specializes in vehicle maintenance, and they're usually not very expensive. It's important to buy the right size hoses for your vehicle -- auto shops and online stores will tell you exactly what to buy based on your vehicle's make, model and year.

You'll also want to buy fuel hose clamps, the metal rings that tighten to hold the hoses in place and prevent leaks. If the fuel hose clamps have never been replaced on your vehicle, now's a good time to do it.

The tools involved include a screwdriver, pliers, a knife, a floor jack, jack stands, vice grips and of course, the replacement parts. Remember, you'll be working with gasoline, so some precautions are necessary. Always work in a ventilated area to avoid gas fumes, remember to have a fire extinguisher on hand and don't use tools that could cause sparks.

Because this is a messy job, you'll also need some clothes you won't mind getting dirty and probably some eye protection as well, just in case gasoline gets splashed in your face. You'll need some rags for the cleanup and it's also not a bad idea to have a plastic sheet laid down underneath you -- one that you can discard when the job is complete.

Once you've gathered the tools, it's time to get your car ready for the new fuel line.


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