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Precautions for Fuel System Service



To reduce the risk of fire and personal injury it is necessary to observe the following precautions:

  • Perform this repair only in a properly equipped service facility.


  • Position the vehicle in a clear, level, well ventilated work area.


  • Perform work in a no-smoking area, or post no-smoking signs in the area selected


  • Have readily availabel a fully-functional Class B fire extinguisher of adequate size (5-pound CO-2 minimum)


  • Disconnect eh ground cable from the vehicles battery before performing any operation involving gasoline, gasoline tanks, or gasoline lines.


  • Allow the vehicle to cool before performing any operation which could possibly expose gasoline or gasoline vaport to hot parts such as catalytic converters, hot light bulbe, or similar components


  • Avoid using extention cords or lights which might overheat or cause sparks


  • Avoid inhaling gasoline fumes and prolonged skin contact with gasoline. Promptly wash any body areas which have been in contact with gasoline.


  • Wear approved safety glasses while performing any repairs.


  • When raising the vehicle to perfom under-vehicle services, use proper hoisting or jacking equipment along with approved safety supports.


  • When removing the gasoline from a fuel tank use an OSHA approved pump which is specifically designed for handling gasoline. DO NOT USE any other type of pump. Gasoline removed from a fuel tank must be stored in approved gasoline containers.


  • It is impossible to anticipate all possible risks and conditions under which repairs may be made to a fuel system. Therefore, in addition to the safety concerns listed, you are urged to carefully evaluate the hazards involved in such a service procedure and take whatever further precautions that may be necessary.



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