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Leaking Gas Tank Problem

So my Mighty Max gas tank is leaking when above half way full. I have doe extensive searching online, but NOBODY sells a new gas tank for a '90 Mighty Max 4x4. It looks as though I'm gonna have to repair the tank. Has anybody ever done this before, and if so, is this something I can tackle without dropping the tank? TIA...
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Thats a tough tank to find. I have a couple fuel tank suppliers here in the area that might be able to get one-- I can PM you their phone number -- or try car-part.com.

If the gas tank is rusted out in the center at the seam -- guessing it is due to it leaking at 1/2, and this is most common -- your going to be wasting your time trying to repair it with gas tank putty or any of those other gas tank "quick fixes" they sell-- unless the leak is confined to one small spot -- but you will likely find there are several leaks all the way around the seam. Other possibility is the fuel manifold or lines are rotted and leaking, the gas tank could be fine. You wont know that until you drop the tank though.

If you cant find a replacement tank, remove the tank, drain it, and take it to a radiator repair shop. Many will repair gas tanks. If its not completely rotted out that is.


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Thats a tough tank to find. I have a couple fuel tank suppliers here in the area that might be able to get one-- I can PM you their phone number -- or try car-part.com.

If the gas tank is rusted out in the center at the seam -- guessing it is due to it leaking at 1/2, and this is most common -- your going to be wasting your time trying to repair it with gas tank putty or any of those other gas tank "quick fixes" they sell-- unless the leak is confined to one small spot -- but you will likely find there are several leaks all the way around the seam. Other possibility is the fuel manifold or lines are rotted and leaking, the gas tank could be fine. You wont know that until you drop the tank though.

If you cant find a replacement tank, remove the tank, drain it, and take it to a radiator repair shop. Many will repair gas tanks. If its not completely rotted out that is.
I forgot to mention that I already got under and found that there is a good portion of leaking seem. I went on car-part.com to try and find something locally but the closest thing I could find is over 150 miles away. I found one in CA, which basically means no rust, but shipping would be killer, both due to distance and that it would be pricey because it would be considered hazrdous. I'm gonna call around to some rad shops in the AM to get pricing on repair.
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I forgot to mention that I already got under and found that there is a good portion of leaking seem. I went on car-part.com to try and find something locally but the closest thing I could find is over 150 miles away. I found one in CA, which basically means no rust, but shipping would be killer, both due to distance and that it would be pricey because it would be considered hazrdous. I'm gonna call around to some rad shops in the AM to get pricing on repair.
I had this same problem on my '88 Yota -- Not repairable I ended up having to go back to the dealer and get a new tank and manifold, it sucked, was $450 for both parts.
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Yeah that's not really an option, I only paid $400 for the truck lol
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Have you searched Car-Part.com. Might find something there. Couple things to avoid if you fix your old tank. Never weld on a fuel tank, take the tank to a shop. Some years ago a friend took the tank out of his fathers truck to repair it. His dad gave him the cash to take it to a shop. He decided to fix it himself and pocket the cash. Fill the tank with water twice, then put the torch to it to seal the leak. Well the tank blew out, and layed out flat on the driveway.
Oh one other. Never use a shop vac to get that last bit of fuel out of the tank. My cousin did this once with a Volkswagen tank. There where parts of the shop vac we never found.
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Have you searched Car-Part.com. Might find something there.
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I went on car-part.com to try and find something locally but the closest thing I could find is over 150 miles away. I found one in CA, which basically means no rust, but shipping would be killer, both due to distance and that it would be pricey because it would be considered hazrdous.
Due to the fact that I believe rust is the culprate behind the leak, I'm thinking more and more of having a rad shop do it.
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The tank on my Van is leaking also. It wasn't doing this when parked so I am thinking that the O-ring for the pump is bad.

Also, a new tank for that is $900.
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The tank on my Van is leaking also. It wasn't doing this when parked so I am thinking that the O-ring for the pump is bad.

Also, a new tank for that is $900.

That sounds high, most tanks I've been looking at for other vehicles have averaged $75-$300. You may wanna do some shopping.
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Wow, this truck is turning out to be a little more costly then anticipated huh?
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Wow, this truck is turning out to be a little more costly then anticipated huh?
Don't fuckin remind me
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Wow, this truck is turning out to be a little more costly then anticipated huh?
Isn't everything that costs under $1000? lol

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That sounds high, most tanks I've been looking at for other vehicles have averaged $75-$300. You may wanna do some shopping.
That was from a dealer. We haven't fixed it yet. The gas gauge doesn't work so its really interesting finding out how much gas has not leaked out lol.
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