At some point, every 2WD Vanagon will need to have the fuel tank re-sealed. If you are smelling gas after a fill-up or even see gas dripping on the ground, it's time for a tank re-seal! Luckily, this is something that the average backyard mechanic can easily fix. Installation instructions NOT included.
Our kit includes:
• Balance Tube - Minor assembly required. See 'Assembly' tab.*
• Main Filler Neck Seal
• Transfer Tube Grommets
• O-Ring for Fuel Sender
• Smooth German Fuel Line
• Stainless Ear Clamps - Requires these special pliers!
Note: Vapor Tank Grommets and Float Valves not included in this kit (please see "Additional Info" tab for our reasoning).
Other parts to replace at the same time:
• Fuel Level Sending Unit
• Hard Plastic Fuel Line Replacement Kit
• Fuel Line Replacement Kit
All vehicles made after or around 1974 have a fuel vapor control system. Before these systems were required, fuel tanks on vehicles were just allowed to vent raw fuel vapor into the atmosphere, which aggravated the smog problem. In the 70s, all filling stations in California—and then most in the rest of the country—were required to have those clumsy rubber boots added to the filling station pump handles. Those boots and the vapor control systems on all vehicles drastically reduced the raw gasoline that would usually just evaporate into the air.
Starting in 2008 in California (and undoubtedly coming soon to other states as well), a new law now requires that the fuel tank vapor control system pass a pressure test as part of the regular smog test. This kit contains all the parts needed to re-seal the part of the vapor control system on the fuel tank of your Vanagon. There are other parts of the system that may need service, like the vapor tanks, check valves, control valve, and charcoal canister—all of which GoWesty is familiar with and keeps in stock. But our experience is that the parts in this kit are all that is needed 90% of the time. Get ahead of the game! Be prepared!
To learn more, please read our detailed article on the problem in the GoWesty Library located here.
GoWesty does not include the grommets or vapor control float valves at the top of the vapor tanks for the following reasons:
1) These are located at the top of the vapor tanks and are not subject to coming in contact with liquid fuel, just fuel vapor, therefore it really has nothing to do with the common 2WD fuel leaking issue for which this kit is designed to address.
2) The vent valve is made from a material that gets very brittle over time, making it almost impossible to remove either the hose from it, or it from the grommet and vapor tank without destroying the valve, so it is better left alone.
3) In order to get to these items, one has to remove the vapor tanks—which is an entirely separate job from re-sealing the fuel tank, and can be done at any time as a separate project, if/as needed so there is no duplication of effort.
4) The two hoses that connect at the bottom of the vapor tanks are subject to liquid fuel, and should be replaced, these are included in our kit as is everything else that is typically needed to fix the fuel leak issue in a 2WD Vanagon.
5) These two hoses can be replaced without removing the tanks. If you are having this kit installed professionally, the time and money saved by not removing the tanks/valves can be considerably high.
6) The tanks rarely go bad because, unlike the material that the valves are made of, the material the tanks are made of is much tougher.
Compare your filler neck with the image above, then use the drop down list to order the correct kit. REGARDLESS OF THE YEAR OF YOUR VEHICLE, PLEASE CHECK TO ENSURE WHICH TYPE OF FILLER NECK YOU HAVE.
Kit 139: 80-83 Vanagon - typically aircooled & diesel models with STEEL filler neck.
Kit 139A: 83-91 Vanagon watercooled with PLASTIC filler neck. *
* On install, be sure the filler neck grommet included is in place by feeling around the seal. You may feel a bump or small distortion meaning the grommet is not seated properly and needs adjusting.
*Assembly of the Balance Tube: The barbed end fittings must be inserted into the main black plastic tube. Carefully apply some heat to the tube end, apply a small amount of soapy water to the white barbed end, and press in. Repeat on the opposite side. Be careful to align the two barbed ends so they point in the same direction.