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Post by bernieproberts Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:52 pm

Hi. I have a Nuevo ES 2013. I have been reading about the rusty gas tanks and decided to look at mine. There were cracks in the red tank covering so I started to peal it off. I found it to be very rusty where the red tank covering must have been holding water. I pealed and scraped most of the red covering off. I have wire brushed the tank and it looks good only patches of thicker rust. It is only the bottom half of the tank that is rusty the top looks Ok. I propose to use Waxoil on the tank to preserve it.
 
I don’t understand why the tank was not better protected. A coat of thick underseal should have been applied with instructions to inspect it each year and renew the underseal if necessary. I think all AS owners should be made aware of this rust problem. I will have my tank inspected if I can find a competent person in Kent.

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Post by Cymro Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:16 pm

Very useful information, thank you. 

It's not easy to inspect the underslung tank - I tried to have a look at mine last week, and I could only examine about 40% of the surface. The majority is inaccessible, facing the skirt or the underside of the vehicle.  What I could see seemed OK - I'd had it undersealed when new.

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Post by KMRTOPAZ Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:39 pm

It's not just the tank that raises concern. In a five year old non-AS vehicle I found that two mild steel straps held the tank; one was rusted and broken; the other was close to separation. The manufacturer refused to accept any responsibility, saying it was a maintenance issue.
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