Here's one I just heard of... my friend has an '07 pickup with a GM
plastic gas tank. While parked in his driveway one night, someone
reached in front of the left rear tire and drilled a 7/16 inch hole in
the side of the gas tank about 1 inch above the bottom to steal
gas......we took a bolt and a piece of rubber tubing and screwed it
into the hole so he could put enough gas in the tank to drive the
truck to work, but this is only a very temporary solution. My
question is does anyone know of a product on the market that would
plug / seal the tank..... or is tank replacement the only option???
Sorry to hear about that. Some people will do anything for go go juice!
There are some decent epoxy gas tank repair kits made by Permatex that will
likely do the trick. Although on a truck as new as that, I'd be more
inclined to make an insurance claim or bite the bullet on a new tank. Good
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I agree with you Roy. Though I don't know the specifics of each
state, but I think that it is "illegal" to repair a plastic tank. If
it were me, for the safety of myself and family, I would NEVER think
of repairing it, I would only replace it.
Insurance pays for it... its Comprehensive insurance
Being a 07 truck, I would think the guy has insurance.
Best not to have a locking Gas cap also... A hose does No Damage when
wanting to Drain a Tank.
Thank you all for your comments. I too would be concerned with the
long term integrity of the tank & repair. A replacment tank was
ordered from the dealer (I would have checked various sources on line)
cost I was told was $400.00. I have a tank from a wrecked 2006 but it
had the top cut off to use as a parts wash / oil drain pan. That is
one tough piece of plastic!!!!! I just thought it was a novel way to
steal gas!!! No locking cap, just the A$$ probably didn't hava a hose,
but he still had the cordless DeWalt he stole!!!!
I had a Buick Elektra with a 455 when I was about 12. That sucker drank the
gas. Down the road about 2 miles was a salvage yard. I had a deal with the
owner to mow his grass out front for the privelage of punching a hole in
each car destined for the crusher. Thats 20 yrs ago, I can't imagine now
doing the same now but I know its quick and easy. I would imagine through a
thieves eyes it would be easiet to crawl like a snake under a vehicle and
punch the tank instead of standing there with your hillbilly credit card in
the tank. I guess with plastic tanks its even safe now.
The Vehicles prior to thr 70's Had DRAIN PLUGS installed from the Factory.
My Family owned a Salvage yard... I never Had to BUY Gas for my
Chevy. Even tho Gas was 16 cents a gallon. I do not Think anyone Ever
Care about MPG back then either.
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