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PostSubject: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 4:02 pm

Has anyone ever had to deal with a fuel tank problem? I had an interesting problem I had to deal with this past summer. And to be honest, I never did get it completely resolved yet.

The problem I'm going to outline happens mostly in the cold weather states. The issue surfaced when I had to replace the fuel pump in my '95' Riv. As many of you probably are aware, the fuel tank is made of plastic. However, the ring that holds the fuel pump in place is made of metal. The design of the Riv causes the rear wheel to throw road garbage up onto the fuel tank. Not a problem for the tank, but definitely a problem for the metal ring that holds the fuel pump in place.

The tabs on the metal ring on my fuel pump were rusted away from the road salt the rear tire threw up on the tank over the many winters the vehicle had been on the road. This made locking the fuel pump in place almost impossible. I tried to buy a new fuel tank, but new fuel tanks are not available. All the used fuel tanks within driving distance of where I live had the SAME problem, the tabs were rusted to the point that the used tanks were no good. Used fuel tanks from fair weather areas around the country cannot be shipped via normal carriers because of hazardous material laws. Once the tank has contained fuel, it's considered a hazardous item for common carriers. They cannot be shipped.

So, at this point my fuel pump is not as secure as I would like because I kept my original fuel tank in the vehicle. Not good! bonk

Anyone have any ideas about this problem? I can't possibly be the only soul on the planet with a Riv that has the fuel pump tabs on the fuel tank rusted away.
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PostSubject: Re: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 4:16 pm

So you tried the local dealer and they can't get you a new one? They usually are able to source obsolete parts from other suppliers too. For instance, I needed to replace the lower door plastic trim a year or so ago, but GM no longer had any. But they DID know who had bought up a bunch of such items, and were able to order it for me below normal GM pricing.

How about www.gmpartsdirect or www.monsterpartsonline.com
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PostSubject: Re: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 4:18 pm

Monster has it new for $295.
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PostSubject: Re: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 4:25 pm

I am fairly sure the locking ring comes with a new fuel pump/sending unit assy. I'm surprised the dealer can't order the locking ring seperately. It's a pretty basic part.
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PostSubject: Re: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 4:33 pm

Looking at NAPA, I can't tell if the locking ring is included or not, with a fuel pump assy. Over $300....
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PostSubject: Re: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 4:40 pm

The GM locking ring part number is # 25691383.
Available at dealers for under $10.00.
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PostSubject: Re: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 5:49 pm

If you really need a new tank the following info is what I could find,

For 1997 Fuel Tank p/n is #25634462 : www.monsterpartsonline = $429.65

For 98-99 p/n is 25744826 and is $278.12

The p/n for 95-96 = 12537710 Not sure of availability.
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PostSubject: Re: Issue with fuel tanks   Issue with fuel tanks EmptyMon Feb 02, 2009 11:54 pm

1998 Riv wrote:
Monster has it new for $295.


Rick, I found the tank for the 95 on Monster, posted above.
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