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Questions and Answers – Pete’s Tank and Flying Sideways

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January 2012

 Q: Dear Steve,

The fuel tank of my 1975 Cessna 172 started leaking fuel a few days ago. My mechanic let me drain and remove the tank. After I removed all the screws in the top cover plate, loosened and folded back the two hold down straps and pulled the tank out, I found the leak. The tank had been rubbing on the tank bay structure and had finally worn through.

I sent you pictures of the tank and the spot that wore a hole in the tank. My mechanic and I are wondering what options I have to get this fixed.

—Dripping Gas

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