Instrument you will need in time of repairing:
- Empty Gasoline can or pot
- Epoxy sealer
- Air compressor
- Plastic wrap
- Air hose
- Kitty litter
- Rubber bands
- Small buts and bolts
Fuel tank of a motorcycle is built with a very thin sheet of metal. It can get easily punctured, deflated or torn. There are many other things such as poor welding of the seams that can make a motorcycle fuel tank imperfect. It’s quite critical to fix a leaky motor cycle fuel tank as soon as it is noticed. A leaky tank can lead to fire-ignition at any time and can make you or whoever riding it seriously injured. If you replace the tank with a new one or get it fixed by a motorcycle mechanic that is fine. But that may cost you couple of hundred dollars. If you want to save the money, you can fix it yourself. This following text will describe how you can do it:
Step 1: Empty the Fuel Tank
To fix a leaky tank of a motorcycle, you need to empty the fuel tank first. Please ensure that you put the fuel in a gasoline can or pot. To drain the fuel out of the tank, you have to take out the fuel pipe first. You can do it by pressing the holding clamp with the pliers. When the clamp is down, draw the fuel line off the nipple of the fuel tank. Please make sure no gas is dripped up. If gas drips, clean it with the rag and wrap the space with kitty litter so that it can absorb the gas fully.
Step 2: Take off the fuel Tank
There should be a bolt placed at the center point of the tank. Look for it under the fuel tank of the motorcycle. You may need to move the seat to reach your hand to that bolt. Using the adjustable wrench, remove the bolt. When the bolt gets loosened, you can take the fuel tank away from the motorcycle. Please note that you need to lift the back side of the tank while you need to tip it forward too. Drag the tank toward the rear side of the motorcycle as you move it.
Step 3: Make the Tank Ready for Repairing
Take off cap of the tank and let the air in it out. You can make the process faster by using the air and air compressor. Put the air hose inside the tank, connect it with the compressor and turn the compressor on. It may take around 15 minutes. You may notice rust in the tank. If you see this, you have to clean it. To do so, put two quarts of acetone inside the tank together with the nuts and bolts you arranged at the beginning. Put plastic wrap circling the fill hole and lock it with a rubber band. You need to make sure the nuts and bolts reach and touch with every inch of the tank. So shake the tank very well as well as rotate it highly. This will make the tank get rid of the rust and will make scratches in it which is necessary for the epoxy as epoxy will need something to cling to. Empty the tank again and dry it as you did before.
Step 4- Sealing off the Tank
Read the direction of using epoxy on its package and prepare the epoxy. Then pour the epoxy into the fuel tank of the motorcycle. Put a sheet of plastic wrapper around the fill hole and tighten it using a rubber band. Splash the epoxy around the tank very well and drain it after that. Let the epoxy cure for minimum one day before putting the tank back in the motorcycle and fill it up with fuel again. If you still notice leak(s), you will need to reweld the tank.
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