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Old 10-08-2013, 11:53 AM
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Default Gas tank fell down

I have heard another 2009 dodge ram owner ask about this, I have been a mechanic for a dealer for 13 years, and by myself for another 25 years, I have not seen this happen to this new of a truck....happened to me this weekend, 09 --75,000 miles,extremly taken care of and washed and waxed, I was 3 hours from home , towing a trailer , after I filled up, drove about 1/4 of a mile heard scratching scraping, stopped looked under, saw the fuel tank hanging down, just above the road....... the rear strap was still there holding on, but where the front strap where it goes into the body of the truck there is a cut out, it it shape like a t slot, the strap on the end has a t shaped end ,one goes into the other, the slot on the trucks frame had its edges pulled out( rusted) and the strap came out when i filled it up from the weight, the strap was scratching against the drive shaft, no new strap will fix this, I found my rope I had and used my bottle jack and a block of wood to push it up ,then tied it off, (3 times around )that was a long trip home.......the metal on the bracket where the tank strap fits in the frame is VERY thin, it will have to be tig welded ,and have a plate made for it, I was lucky I know what sounds signify, and pulled over, check the bottom of your tank strap where it goes into the frame bracket, you can see it by just crawling under it with a flashlight, there is no huge amounts of rust under my truck, just these thin brackets holding on the straps have the rust
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