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Fuel Tank Strap replacement.

So I had to do an unplanned repair on my moms Intrepid.

Her Passenger Fuel Tank Strap rusted through, good thing I was outside when she went to drive away!

Armed with a Part Number and a wise ass attitude I went to the local 5Star rip off center, I mean dealer.

Parts needed: (probably best to replace both, but I only did the right side)

1: 4581 035 STRAP, Fuel Tank, Left
1: 4581 036 STRAP, Fuel Tank, Left
4: Hex Flange Head, M8-1.25x45 (had to get regular head and washers at lowes)
1: Can of PB-Blaster/Penetrating Oil
1: Tub of Grease

Tools Needed:
1: Socket Set (including Metric and SAE depending on the amount of rust)
2: Really long Socket extension

Step 1:
Jack the back of the car as HIGH up as you can, and properly support it with JackStand's (I prefer redundant support, I used 3 JackStand's and my Jack)


Step 2: Spray PB/Blaster on all 4 Strap bolts and let them sit for a good ole amount of time (the Intrepid's bolts were all crusty, 100K miles and for 5-7 months of the year its parked on a sand driveway near the ocean)

Step 3: Remove bolts carefully(you don't want to break it its tight under there and drilling them out would be hard) Service Manual says do passenger side first
Front:


Rear:


Step 4: Remove the strap and Finesse the new strap back into position (I didn't remove the sway bar)

Step 5: Bolt up the strap, get the back like 2-3 turns in, and then move to the front (you may need to support the tank with a jack) and then tighten all the bolts


Step 6: Lower the car off the JackStand's

Step 7: Take a Shower, you will be a mess!
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I just asked that question yesterday bro. Was it hard? Look at this...http://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...ad.php?t=91805

BTW, Thanks for adding pics!

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I just asked that question yesterday bro. Was it hard? Look at this...http://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...ad.php?t=91805

BTW, Thanks for adding pics!
Ok apparently you couldn't tell from the way I worded it, it is moderate job, you need the right tools and patience, do it on an empty tank, and do one at a time, use some blocking to support the tank, I used my jack.
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Ok apparently you couldn't tell from the way I worded it, it is moderate job.
Just a question. Calm down.

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for you guys in the salt belt, i strongly suggest when replacing the bolts i think id coat them with some anit seaze,,, if you have to drop the tank later on it is sure a work saver
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for you guys in the salt belt, i strongly suggest when replacing the bolts i think id coat them with some anit seaze,,, if you have to drop the tank later on it is sure a work saver
I do that with every bolt that comes off the Trep.
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