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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Vacuum Tank

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$40

Talent:

*

Tools:

T 25 Torx, Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New Vacuum Tank

Hot Tip:

Watch out spiders

Performance Gain:

Working vacuum system

Complementary Modification:

New hoses

The vacuum tank for the GTI Mark IV is located in the right front wheel well behind the wheel well liner. If you need to replace it, it is also a good idea to check the condition of the vacuum line that runs to it and replace as necessary.

You probably can do this job without raising the car and removing the right front tire but it really is a lot easier to do if you raise the car and remove the tire.

Please see our article on safely raising and supporting your vehicle.

You will need to remove the wheel well liner. Use a T25 Torx and remove all the Torx screws along with the one Philips head screw fastening the liner to the car.

Remove the liner by slipping it back away from the fender lip and then out of the car.

The vacuum tank is located up under the fender closest to the door. It is held in place by two 8mm nuts. The vacuum hose is held in place originally by a crimp hose clamp. Remove the 8mm nuts and lower the vacuum tank from the car. Note: take care as sometime spiders love to live up in the corner behind the tank.

Once the tank is off the mount it is easier to remove the hose clamp. Replace tank and hose as necessary.

Installation is the reverse of removal.

You will need to remove the wheel well liner.
Figure 1

You will need to remove the wheel well liner. Use a T25 Torx and remove all the Torx screws (red arrows) along with the one Philips head screw (yellow arrow) fastening the liner to the car.

Remove the liner (red arrow) by slipping it back away from the fender lip and then out of the car.
Figure 2

Remove the liner (red arrow) by slipping it back away from the fender lip and then out of the car.

The vacuum tank (red arrow) is located up under the fender closest to the door.
Figure 3

The vacuum tank (red arrow) is located up under the fender closest to the door. It is held in place by two 8mm nuts (yellow arrows). The vacuum hose is held in place originally by a crimp hose clamp (green arrow). Remove the 8mm nuts and lower the vacuum tank from the car. Note: take car as sometime spiders love to live up in the corner behind the tank.

Once the tank is off the mount it is easier to remove the hose clamp.
Figure 4

Once the tank is off the mount it is easier to remove the hose clamp. Replace tank and hose as necessary.

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