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68F100
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posted 03-09-2002 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My tank selector is messed up. Not the switch up on the dash, but down by the tank. The battery went dead and when I tried jumping it, there was a clicking noise coming from what I assume is the device that switches between the tanks. Maybe it is grounding out? Anyways, it drains enough that it will not jump start. Is there a way to disconnect this device? I have only ever used one of the tanks anyway and this truck (77 F-150) will be parted out eventually anyways. Just want to be able to move it without pushing it around.

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 03-09-2002 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check with Kid. Didn't he have a similar problem?

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kid vishus
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posted 03-10-2002 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On my Lightning the rear tank doesnt work but I think that is just due to the rear pump being bad.

But, on my 83 Ranger, the switch went bad between the tanks and kept siphoning the fuel from the rear tank into the front. It also would act like it was out even if both tanks had gas in them. We ended up draining the rear tank, and unhooking the rear tank completely and eliminating the switch and selector altogether. I cant remember exactly how we did it, it was quite awhile ago, but it can be done, and it works fine just running off the front tank.

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68F100
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posted 03-10-2002 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That sounds logical. I'll just eliminate the switch altogether and use the front tank. I was using only that one anyways. Thanks guys.

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MLariviere
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posted 03-10-2002 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes,you can. You have a mechanical pump,at the engine,so you can just unhook the switch {cover the terminals} and bypass the solenoid with a rubber line. You will at least have one tank!

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