How To Replace A Gas Tank On A Boat

Learning how to replace a gas tank on a boat can be a daunting task at first, but with a little patience it’s easy to do. If you’re not a professional when it comes to boat maintenance, don’t worry! Replacing your gas tank is fairly easy once you get down to the task of doing it. If you think you’re ready to replace your old gas tank and get back to enjoying time on the water, take a look at the following list of items that you’ll need to get started.

To replace your gas tank, you’ll need the following:

  • A new gas tank
  • WD-40
  • Towel
  • Gloves
  • Pliers
  • Gas and oil
  1. Remove your old gas tank. The first step to replacing your old gas tank is to remove your old one. If you’ve already completed this step or didn’t have a gas tank to worry about, you’re ready to skip onto step two. If you do have an old gas tank, begin this step by spraying the metal knobs which connect your gas line from your motor to your old gas tank with WD-40. A word of advisement though, some tanks are connected by plastic knobs and won’t require the use of WD-40 to remove. Next, clean the knob off using your towel. Make sure you’re wearing your gloves at this point to reduce the chance of spilling old, stinky gas on your hands. After you’ve unscrewed the knob, clean around the old gas line to remove any old residue. To complete this step, just remove the old gas tank from your boat.
  2. Replacing your new gas tank. Once you have your old gas tank out of the way, you can move onto replacing it with your new gas tank. Begin by placing your new gas tank for your boat in the area designated for your gas tank. This area can be in a variety of places depending on what type of boat you have, but it’s usually placed near your motor(s). Next, while wearing your gloves, take the gas line leading from the motor and securely tighten it to your new gas tank. Clean any excess residue from your old gas line or your new tank to improve your performance and overall cleanliness. To complete this final step, add your gas and oil to your gas tank and you’re ready to go!

Once you’ve completed these two steps, you’ll be able to hit the lake again. Just like any new toys for your boat, they’re a great excuse to get yourself off the couch and back on the water. Make sure you properly dispose of your old gas tank and any excess gas. These items are recyclable and will make you feel better about yourself during your time on the water!

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