View Full Version : Do you have to drop the tank?

06-14-2009, 02:43 PM
Well, I had some bad luck yesterday. I got the pace car all cleaned up, changed oil, checked tire pressure, and was ready to go out for a 23rd anniversary weekend when I went across the street to the gas station. As I was filling up the tank, gas started pouring out of the filler tube. It appears the tube where it goes inside the tank is broken or the seal is as the tube moved back and forth inside the tank from outside the tank. I am assuming the seal on the lip of the filler tube is broken so my question is, do I have to drop the tank to fix it or can it be fixed from the outside? :(

06-14-2009, 04:33 PM
Yes...from my past exp. you do...But fortunately it is pretty easy and you could do it yourself...

06-14-2009, 11:04 PM
http://images.latemodelrestoration.com/thumbnails/LRS-9072A.jpg (http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/iwwida.pvx?;item?item_no=LRS-9072A%20%20%20%20%20%201&comp=LRS)
Mustang 79-97 Fuel Filler Neck Grommet (http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/iwwida.pvx?;item?item_no=LRS-9072A%20%20%20%20%20%201&comp=LRS)

[# LRS-9072A ] Seals between the fuel tank and filler pipe. It's a good idea to replace the filler pipe grommet when removing the fuel tank. gas tank, fuel tank

this is the part that more then likely is NG

Loosen the tank strap only do not drop tank

remove fill neck screews and remove the fill neck cover from inside the trunk

this should give you enough wiggle room

if u jack the car up very high on pass side you may not need to drain fuel


No hot drop lights or friends with cigarettes allowed to help

06-14-2009, 11:07 PM
The Ford part number is F4ZZ-9072-DA.


06-17-2009, 06:45 PM
you just need to lower the tank enough to pull the neck out. Unbolt the neck from the car so it can move easily and also put some petroleum jelly on the new grommet so the neck goes in a lot easier.

06-17-2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks, I got the parts in today and will give it a shot on the weekend. :D

06-22-2009, 09:24 PM
Number 22 is back on the road again. I dropped the tank about two to three inches and the filler pipe came out. Replaced the grommet and went to fill the tank up and "poof" no more fuel leak. BTW, my tank didn't even drop a 1/4 tank so I still had about 13 gallons in the tank when I lowered it. No lights or cigarettes were nearby when I completed the two hour job.

Thanks for the help guys!

07-08-2009, 06:31 PM
It looks like I'm going to be doing the same thing on my 97. It started dripping a little bit of fuel just as I was topping off the tank.:( I just hope that is all that is wrong with it.

07-08-2009, 09:59 PM
Go to Parkway Ford and get a club discount. I didn't get an aftermarket seal and I don't recommend you getting one either. The cost should list for $28.00 and with a club discount, it should run you $21.00. Ask for Tom Paulson if they don't give you the discount. Call me if you have any questions. I plan on doing a "how to" in the next newsletter.

07-09-2009, 06:22 PM
Thanks for the heads up Tony! I live right around the corner from Parkway, so I will be heading over there in the morning. Hopefully I can handle this, but if not...your phone might be ringing:thumbsup: . Thanks again, and I'll be renewing my membership in the next week or so.

07-09-2009, 09:36 PM
Call me if you need help... 803.371.0725 :D

07-12-2009, 03:11 PM
thanks for all the help...up and running again:D

07-12-2009, 07:16 PM
Glad you got it fixed... :)