So, my fuel tank fell out of my car while driving. Luckily I was close to home and not traveling too fast. I guess the bent hooks on the front ends of the straps somehow came out of the sockets they grab? I dropped the tank a year ago to swap out the sender. I thought I put it back in correctly but I guess not.
You can see in the pictures the hooks are bent at maybe a 90 degree angle. Did they just get weak and fail? Did I possibly crank down the bolts at the rear too much and put undue strain on the hooks in the front? Too loose and let things bounce around? Really puzzled here but I certainly don't want to make a similar mistake again as things could have ended much worse.
I see the vendors sell a couple different versions, original steel and stainless. Any comments on either of these? Any recommendations on a writeup or video on replacing these? The factory manuals don't show much.
Been there, done that. I did the exact same thing about 30 years ago, changed out sending unit, got a few blocks from house and dropped and drugged tank, rubber fuel hose passed stretch test. Same thing, hooks pulled out, I figured I over tightened the bolts, went to junk yard, bought new straps, didn’t over tighten and held up. Once again I have tank out of car, had it flushed and drain plug put in (about 20 years ago), I’ll be putting it back in within a month or so, I’ll be watching hooks closely. I remember worst and embarrassing part was having to be towed home with 1/2 full tank in hand.