My Car: Gas Tank Straps

Last week I wrote about the trouble I had trying to do some rear suspension work on my ’97 Civic. One of the things I discovered was that only one of the two gas tank straps was holding it up.

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I don’t know how long it was like this, and I really don’t want to know. If the other had failed, it probably wouldn’t have been good. Might have gotten pretty hot.

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This is all that was left of the strap that was still holding the tank up. I could easily bend it with my hands because it was so rusty.

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I got new straps, as well as new mounting hardware, because the old parts were now a single piece of rust.

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Once I got the new straps in, I sprayed them with black spray paint to help keep them from rusting a little bit. I was going to use undercoating spray but forgot to bring it and I had to put the plastic shield back over everything.


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