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I’m writing with regards a problem that’s been sticking it’s head out quite frequently these days, and it is an expensive problem too. Since I’m a forum member I’m aware of the amount of dual tank installations that causes premature petrol pump failure.
Being aware of this issue and having an extra tank I was praying the same won’t happen to me. As Murphy has it, my FJ cruiser started the symptoms on 90 000km, the tank was on the vehicle from almost the start. I’m submitting pictures that I took after taking my old pump apart showing the amount of metal shavings that ended up in the petrol pump unit after a professional fitment centre installed the tank.
I’m hoping that this post can be a channel to all the major fitment centers to become aware that they are causing damage to owners wallets and perhaps even engine failure and that they would do future installations with caution and hopefully save other people from damage.
My installation was done by a well known 4×4 fitment centre (whish I could name and shame). We made use of the well known ones as their marketing material makes us believe they are the best.
This exercise has set me back R8 000 which is unnecessary if the installation was done correctly. I’ve heard of similar repairs going beyond R10 000.
PS. The metal shaving end up in tanks by either poor manufacturing quality (inner walls of tanks) or when they drill the hole to connect the two tanks.