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Old 07-20-2017, 07:11 AM   #1
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Possible to replace steel tank with plastic one?

My fuel tank is rusty. I'm not sure how bad it really is yet, but I do expect having to replace it soon. However, the OEM steel tanks are very expensive and would probably still rust again. I found a plastic tank for about half the price of the steel one, but the question is, is there a way to make it fit on the car? https://a.allegroimg.com/original/03...a92645ba036c6a
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:48 PM   #2
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Not a chance!

I'd be very surprized if any Department of Transport will allow you to use a plastic gasoline or diesel tank for an automotive application.

In the event of a collision, you can expect a big fuel leak, and possibly an explosion...
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:46 PM   #3
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^ plastic is already used in some vehicles. Facilitated a whole new method of fuel theft. Thieves are easily able to drill a hole in underside of tank and allow fuel to just pour out.

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Old 07-20-2017, 09:39 PM   #4
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i thought all fuel tanks were plastic now-a-days. i'm gonna go look...
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:49 PM   #5
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Yeah I'm almost sure the Yaris tank is plastic to begin with. It certainly looked like it the last time I crawled underneath.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:41 PM   #6
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yeah, i went out and looked. it's composite plastic. my 02 civic had a plastic tank. i had a 94 pontiac at one time. it was plastic. i will go find a US spec echo tomorrow. i bet it's plastic. buy a US spec tank i'd guess...
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Old 07-22-2017, 04:45 AM   #7
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Yeah I'm almost sure the Yaris tank is plastic to begin with. It certainly looked like it the last time I crawled underneath.
Not the old ones like mine, though. The one I posted seems to be from a post-facelift car and I don't know whether the mounting holes and the sending unit are in the same places.
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Old 07-22-2017, 05:46 PM   #8
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My Yaris has a plastic fuel tank. If i'm not mistaken i'm sure Toyota pioneered plastic fuel tanks. I think if anything they are safer than steel ones. They don't rust and won't create a spark.

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Old 07-24-2017, 05:01 PM   #9
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^ plastic is already used in some vehicles. Facilitated a whole new method of fuel theft. Thieves are easily able to drill a hole in underside of tank and allow fuel to just pour out.

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Had to replace my tank for this!!
I bought a used one for about 250 5 years ago.
and the scary part was that, until I found out that my tank was leaking, all the fuel that came out from it, was going straight up the the exhaust!
My life was in danger for 10 worth of fuel, that the thief took.!!!




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Old 07-24-2017, 05:02 PM   #10
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Possible to replace steel tank with plastic one?

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Not a chance!



I'd be very surprized if any Department of Transport will allow you to use a plastic gasoline or diesel tank for an automotive application.



In the event of a collision, you can expect a big fuel leak, and possibly an explosion...


Ehhh all the cars nowdays have plastic tanks.
And yes, they are safer than the steel tanks


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