Gas Tank Strap problem is a common vehicle problem that happens to most car brands and models. The following is a sample list of Gas Tank Strap problems reported in most popular vehicles.
The car involved is a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1GNEK13T56_. Bought a 2006 Tahoe December 2005. Has 75000 miles on now. Smelled gas in garage, drove 5 miles got out of car smelled gas really strong. Called garage to come and get car, found 2. 5 gallons of gas on top of the gas tank. Fuel pump top and lines rusted, replaced fuel pump and gas tank straps. Car was bought new, kept in heated garage, when drove in bad weather was washed, plus the under car cycle the same day then put in heated garage, car wash 1/2 mile from home. This gas tank strap issue occurred Wed., Mar. 19, 2014.
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The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. Approx. 6 months ago I was driving when a vehicle entered the intersection in front of me. I stepped on the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. Luckily there was no crash but my vehicle just barely came to a stop. Towed the vehicle to a dealership and found all the brake lines were rusted out and needed to be replaced. On 3/28/14 I began noticing strong gas fumes coming from my vehicle. I again took it it in and found the fuel pump assembly, all the fuel hoses, and the straps and bolts that hold the fuel tank were rusted out. I read that NHTSA was doing a study of this issue. I understand my vehicle is 10 years old and I live in the northeast but I observed a lot of rust under my vehicle. I am a police officer and a crash reconstructionist and these rust issues could cause serious issues with vehicles resulting in crashes. I feel this issue needs to be investigated because it effects crucial systems like the brakes and fuel systems. Please feel free to contact me for further information. The failure date was Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
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Tl-the owner has a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph and heard a loud metal to metal dragging noise outside of the vehicle. The contact later noticed that the fuel tank was partially detached. The vehicle was then towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where both fuel tank straps were replaced due to corrosion. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000. The VIN was unavailable. Kmj. It was Wed., Apr. 10, 2013 when this gas tank strap issue happened.
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Tl - the vehicle involved is a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 2 mph, the vehicle began to wobble and there was a clicking noise coming from the rear end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear gas tank strap, bolts and nuts that needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 140,000. The VIN was not available. Dr. It was Thursday, May 15, 2014 when this gas tank strap issue occurred.
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On 5/614, I noticed a shredded piece of plastic from a blue tarp was under my 1999 Dodge Neon. Apparently it had blown under the car by the wind. I pulled the plastic piece out from under my car, and in so doing I heard a distinct "twang" noise. Curious, I knelt down and peered under the car and was horrified to see one of the metal straps that holds the fuel tank up was broken due to corrosion. One section was hanging down several inches, but not long enough to reach the ground. There are two straps that hold the tank in place, the second strap is also significantly rusted but still appears to be intact with no apparent visible rust-through. I consider this to be a serious issue. If both straps let go there is nothing to hold the tank up which would result in the tank dropping to the road with the end result being an absolute disaster. If it wasn't for a wind blown, 3 foot long piece of shredded plastic getting snagged on my fuel tank strap, I most likely would never have known there to be a problem. I find it hard to believe this hasn't already happen to someone else. It was May. 6, 2014 when this gas tank strap issue happened.
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The vehicle was a 1997 Ford F-250. The VIN of this vehicle was 1FTHX26F8V_. Ref:een19-47774 (to be fwd by mail) the front tank strap on the vehicle failed and the tank dropped until supported by skid plate. Some diesel fuel spilled in garage, creating fire hazard but was cleaned up w/o incident. I contacted diehl Ford in bellingham wa as no Ford dealer in juneau ak at that time. I ordered and they sent 2 straps (f72z-9054-ba), bolts&nuts which I found out later were not authorized by safety recall 11s21! I contacted the local (temporary) Ford repair facility--evergreen motor works relative to this repair and they discovered the safety recall 11s21 and stated that alaska vehicles were not covered by this recall. I cotacted Ford motor CO. By email and got the same answer. As a senior electrical engineer I know this is total bs as alaska has much worse weather conditions than any of the :south 48" states covered by safety recall 11s21!! stanley Ford is now the local Ford dealer but still could not fix my Ford f250 tank strap under the recall but could fix the safety recall 09s09 speed control mod! it should be also noted that the driver seat belt buckle failed about the same time!! Ford CO. Did not seem interested in this problem. I replaced this immediately as I feel safety is very important! signed/ larry hooton sr. Engineer. This issue happened on Jul. 1, 2011.
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Tl-consumer has a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, a clunking noise emitted outside of the vehicle. After reaching the destination, the contact noticed that the driver's side fuel tank strap fractured due to rust corrosion. In 2011, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline). However, the failure recurred. The vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 173,000. Js. It was May. 13, 2014 when this gas tank strap issue occurred.
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The VIN of this vehicle was 1GTEK14T6Y_. Tl- the owner has a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated they were traveling 25 mph and the fuel tank broke of and started leaking gasoline. The fire department had to come out to get rid of the gasoline. The tank was cut off and taken by the fire department. The vehicle was ruled to be destroyed, because the straps holding the tank and the surrounding areas were badly rusted out. The failure mileage and current mileages were 125,000. Rl. It was Sun., Jul. 1, 2012 when this gas tank strap issue occurred.
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The car was a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500. Excessive rust from middle of under carriage on back lead part failures. One of two straps holding up gas tank, rear strap, broke and rear of gas tank dropped about 4 inches. I was not driving the truck, just noticed then gasped. I replaced the gas tank strap. Research on internet reveals excessive rust for these trucks is common. After hearing about the Toyota tundras dropping a spare tire due to excessive rust, I figure a part failure possibly leading to a dropping a gas tank qualifies too. This problem occurred on 06/22/07.
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The car involved was a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The vehicle is a 2001 hyundia Elantra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the contact heard a metal to metal dragging noise outside of the vehicle. The contact reduced the speed being driven. Upon reaching the destination, the contact noticed that one fuel tank strap fractured and the second strap was slightly detached. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000. The VIN was unavailable. The failure date was 04/20/2013.
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The car involved was a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The VIN of this Grand Cherokee is 1J4GZ78Y8T_. The fuel tank has two structural straps to ensure the tank is safely attached to the frame. Assuming both straps are fabraciated to the same specifications both should be in, more or less, the same condition as they are located next to each and experience the same level of wear and tear. My vehicle has one strap that is in fine condition. The second strap has rusted through and no longer provides the designed support for the fuel tank. Chrysler's position is this is due to wear and tear and refused to acknowledge the disparity between the condition of each strap. Chrysler has had issues with these straps. I beleive it can be reasonably assumed that Chrysler is culpable and should replace the deteriorated strap at their cost given the risk associated with the condition. I respectfully request that the safety board present my case to Chrysler to make me whole. It was Apr. 1, 2014 when this gas tank strap issue happened.
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The car was a 2003 Jeep Liberty. VIN of the vehicle was 1J4GL48K33_. The support straps for the fuel tank failed suddenly after making a left turn. The fuel tank contacted the road surface for a short time (1 minute) before the vehicle could be stopped. The rear corner of the tank (passenger side) was damaged to the point that fuel leaked from the tank. Both support straps were broken after the incident. The tank was approximately 1/4 full prior to the incident. Both of the support straps failed near the bottom of the fuel tank. The remaining pieces of the support straps were still fastened to the frame and the fasteners were still in place after the incident. Both support straps were severely rusted. Although we are disappointed that this incident happened, we are grateful that no one was hurt. We realize the outcome could have been a lot worse. This gas tank strap problem happened on 09/29/2012.
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The vehicle is a 2005 Kia Motor Spectra. Consumer has a 2005 kia Spectra. The contact was driving 70 mph when the fuel tank straps became fractured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the contact was advised that the straps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and the contact was advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11v256000 (fuel system, other). The approximate failure mileage was 231,000. This issue happened on Fri., Dec. 20, 2013.
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The vehicle involved is a 2006 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, she heard a loud scratching sound. After inspecting the vehicle, she noticed that the fuel tank had become detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was found that the fuel tank straps had failed due to corrosion and needed to be replaced along with the fuel tank. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 52,000. This gas tank strap problem happened on 12/29/2012.
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The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 2MEHM75V06_. The vehicle involved is a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis. The contact stated that the fuel tank safety strap was covered with rust and the fuel tank was being held by one strap. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated both fuel tank straps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000. This problem occurred on 04/03/2014.
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The car involved is a 1995 Nissan 240sx. Filled the tank on my way to work and began smelling gas. Upon coming out at the end of the day there was a large puddle of gas under the car. At this point the smell of gasoline in the car was unbearable. Got the car home and found fuel leaking on the passenger side near the rear wheel. Looking under the car and found fuel streaming from the front portion of the fuel tank near the support strap. It appears that the tank is cracking in this location. Without removing the tank it appears to be a stress fracture of some kind in the plastic tank. This gas tank strap issue occurred Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.
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On July 10, 2013, while driving my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, I heard 'something' rattle under the rear of the truck and saw 'something black' in my rear-view mirror fly from under the truck. Approximately 25 miles later when I stopped at a local savemart, store employees called over the PA system for the owner of a new Pathfinder because fuel was leaking 'all over the parking lot'. The police and fire departments were called to clean up the hazmat and direct traffic away from my truck. A fireman amazed me when he stated that my Pathfinder has a unshielded plastic fuel tank that's held up by two straps. He also stated that it appeared to him that one broke, bounced off the road and punctured the tank. After having it towed to the dealership, I was told that Nissan is not responsible for what happened and I'll have to pay to have my truck fixed. I am not taking what the fireman said as a mechanical fact, however, the Nissan service rep kept telling me that the hole in the tank was made by a small object that was obviously run over and forced into the tank. I find his statement totally unacceptable. It is reasonable to assume that a small object, no matter the density, should not have been able to puncture the fuel tank. . . That's why I don't feel safe driving it anymore. I feel the tank probably won't hold up in a crash and it's a good chance it will get punctured again during the life of ownership with me. . . I hope Nissan will quickly realize the need to initiate a factory recall to replace and/or install a shield to render the fuel tanks more puncture resistant. All Nissan Pathfinders and other Nissan vehicles that are susceptible to this kind of damage should be recalled. This happened to me and it will happen to other Nissan Pathfinder owners. . . This problem occurred on 07/10/2013.
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The VIN of this vehicle is 5TBBT48122_. As part of a recall, my 2002 Toyota Tundra required frame repair for damage due to rust/corrosion, the straps holding the gas tank were rusted and also needed to be replaced. When the replacement of the straps was made, the gas tank which was also rusted and not replaced as part of recall was damaged and a gas leak occurred. I have already been faced with an extremely dangerous situation due to the failure of a cross brace which caused the spare tire to release on the highway; now I am concerned that the faulty gas tank will cause a fire. I have called and visited Toyota numerous times to request assistance but no repair or replacement has been offered. It was Mon., May. 5, 2014 when this gas tank strap issue occurred.
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Tl - consumer owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that after refueling, one of the fuel tank straps fractured as a result of corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 85,000. Kmj. It was May. 6, 2014 when this gas tank strap issue happened.
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The car is a 1999 BMW 3 Series. The BMW 323i ( BMW e46 ) fuel tank strap, which holds the fuel tank in place, detached from the car body. This is a strap holding the fuel tank in place. The 4 spot welds that hold the strap to the car body failed. Note, the fuel tank is held in place by this strap. This issue happened on December 23, 2013.
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The car involved is a 2001 BMW 330ci. Fuel tank retaining strap bracket broke free from under body leaving the tank hanging from the car on the passenger side. This is the second time this has happened. This gas tank strap problem happened on Friday, May 24, 2013.
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|Other Fuel System problems||
|Other Fuel System Tank Assembly problems||
|Other Fuel System Pump problems||
|Other Fuel System Fuel Gauge problems||
|Other Fuel System Tank Filling/charging problems||
|Other Fuel System Tank Mounting problems||
|Other Fuel System Hoses Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Other Fuel System Fuel Injection System problems||
|Gas Tank Strap problems||
|Other Fuel System Delivery problems||
|Other Fuel System Tank Pressure Relief Devices problems||
|Other Fuel System Storage problems||