Check your fuel tank straps...

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Justrucking2, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Justrucking2

    Justrucking2 Road Train Member

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    Get under those trucks and check those fuel tank straps folks. Especially if you have skirting and run in the winter months in the snow and ice. I have replaced four of them already, the last two are getting replaced today. They can rot out up under the truck, hit a bump and "SNAP". They are easy to install, and easier to inspect. Get'er done now before the snow flies. ;-)
     
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  2. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

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    One of the advantages of having a minor oil leak at the oil pan for years. Kept an oily coating on everything to defeat that God awful stuff they put on the roads these days.
    My straps are getting shaky on top because of it.
     
  3. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    We called that the poor mans rustproofing. In all my years, only had 1 tank strap break, on a R model Mack.
     
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  4. Freddy57

    Freddy57 Heavy Load Member

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    Thanks for the reminder, I need to get under mine and take a look. Weather is nice, it's a great time to do it!
     
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  5. JonJon78

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    What year is your truck?
     
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  6. roadtech

    roadtech Light Load Member

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    I had a strap break on a ch Mack and a 2000 Pete 379. Lucky I had ratchet straps with me both times to hold the tank up until I got back to the shop.
     
  7. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Medium Load Member

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    So don't get the oil pan gasket replaced? It doesn't drip anymore, but everything stays wet down there
     
  8. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

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    I have replaced the pan gasket and it no longer leaks. I just didn't steam clean the chassis, left the residue there. I know guys who used to spray used crankcase oil on sections of the chassis they wanted to protect from the harsh chemicals now eating our trucks alive on the roadways.
    A friend of mine just had to replace the frame rails on a 1998 Pete 379 because of the corrosion damage caused by the stuff.
     
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  9. Justrucking2

    Justrucking2 Road Train Member

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    2008... Had two break on me going down the road here in Michigan, which is easy to do. Cheap Chinesium steel, never had this happen on any of my other trucks of similar age. Like everything, prices are up and quality is out the window. Truck manufacturers are trying to get all of the R&D monies back wasted via EPA regulations. On our backs.

    And of course the chemicals used on the roads in the winter seem to be worse on metal than the old salt. But the metal is still junk that they are using on these trucks, most of which I am sure was sourced in China. Just my opinion of course.
     
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  10. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

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    If new straps are needed I like to use epoxy under the strap area to slow or prevent tank leakage from corrosion
     
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