1997 Toyota Corolla Q&A

1997 Toyota Corolla Question: How do I start a recall on leaky gas tank?What is best stuff to use to patch it?

At on point we noticed we were leaking gas. We attempted to patch it with some gas tank putty stuff, but didn't have any luck. We had a shop patch it and it only lasted 5 months then started leaking again. I have read and heard that this a common occurrence with this make of vehicle, and one even caught on fire. This is a safety issue and a fire hazard, there should be a recall on the gas tank for at least 1997 Toyota's. I would like to know what the process is to start a recall on this part? -
Answer 1
to check on recalls simply call the dealer. patching is bad news because as you stated it started leaking again. if it is not on a recall list check with your local junk yards for a replacement they are not as hard to replace as you might think. and your safety is the most important thing here -
Answer 2
New aftermarket tanks are a better replacment. Good quality more so than a used one. Patches dont work because tank expands and contract and will eventually leak again. When transfering parts to new tank be sure to tighten every screw to proper torque to prevent another leak,replace gas cap as well. -
Comment 1
A consumer cannot start a recall. Recalls can be recommended by the NTSB and the manufacturer will issue a recall. I will tell you that there is absolutely no chance a manufacturer will issue a recall for rust on a vehicle that is 16 years old! -
Answer 3
there is not patch that will work for long. call dealer 4 warranty info. repl with after market tank -