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98SPORT 09-04-2010 08:44 PM

punctured gas tank
Out wheeling in the New Mexico mountains today my gas tank was punctured by who knows what. one in a million shot with something making it through the weep holes in the tank shroud. Any ideas on how to repair it? Made it back to town and ran the tank empty dropped it and ready to repair it. Tried epoxy and fiberglass. When I put the tank back in it's position it started to leak again. BTW, its a poly tank

cdnabn49 09-05-2010 12:34 PM

buy one from the wreckers... they're a cheap and easy replacement

DevilDogDoc 09-05-2010 12:41 PM

And put a Savvy skid under the new one to avoid a reoccurrence....

Jerry Bransford 09-05-2010 12:48 PM

For an emergency trail repair, common bar soap can be used to plug a minor gas tank puncture. Sealing plastic permanently is tricky at best though, I'd do what DevilDogDoc suggests.

jskinn27 09-05-2010 08:17 PM

Where in NM are you located?

98SPORT 09-07-2010 03:24 PM

Santa Fe. We were in the Pecos Wilderness. I actually repaired it and its held fine so far.

burton160w 09-07-2010 04:16 PM

Check out and buy a junker one. I saw ya fixed it but just in case the fix doesn't work.

mrcarcrazy 09-07-2010 04:21 PM

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definitely replace it.

Can also call and see what he'd charge for one. I've bought from him before and he was quick to ship, and prices are decent.

If the junkyards up there are anything like they are here you won't find a TJ in a junkyard.

I'll also second the recommendation for an aftermarket skid. There are a bunch of them, so you have lots of choices.

Jerry Bransford 09-07-2010 04:29 PM

I've had the opinion for years that places like Davey's Jeeps buy up all the Jeeps they can find from other wrecking yards so they can keep Jeep part prices skyhigh like they are. That's why Wranglers and especially TJs seem to never be found in standard junkyards. :mad:

mrcarcrazy 09-07-2010 04:32 PM

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I thought it was because Jeep drivers are just superior to those in Explorers and the such? :p

Never thought about it really, just know that local junkyards have nothing for any of my cars.

Gee oh Dee 09-07-2010 04:43 PM

I wouldn't recomment patches or anything. Seems silly to me. I've had more than one vehicle with patches on the tanks and it never worked. Eventually they all started to leak.

There is a shop just outside of Milwaukee that sells replacement gas tanks, radiators, intercoolers, and plenty of other things. I got a 19 gallon steel tank from them for my 1992 Ford F150, it was less than $80. If you have a shop similar to them near you, I strongly suggest looking into a replacement.

Wally Meyers 09-07-2010 08:54 PM

:wavey: When I was much younger I remember that my dad and many of his friends kept a bar of Phells Naptha (sp) soap in their vehicles because they were always driving in the woods while going hunting or fishing. It came in handy when they put a hole in their tank.

NM JEEPS 15 09-08-2010 12:46 AM

i live in New Mexico! Ever been to the Chile Challenge down by Las Cruces?

scavanau 09-08-2010 01:13 AM

If you can't replace it, roofing tar (in a caulking tube) can be a long term temporary solution.

chucky cheese 09-08-2010 07:30 AM

I'd put a stainless sheetmetal screw and large washer with a good sealer as long as it is a hole and not a gash.

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