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Old 11-29-2022, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default LW200 Fuel tank strap rusted & snapped

So my 01 LW200 with over 280K miles on it is parked - the fuel tank strap on the passenger side is hanging down scraping the ground. :-(

My wife just wants me to get rid of the car. We don't really *NEED* it and it certainly owes me nothing, as it's been very reliable for most of it's life. But the damn thing still runs great - I just hate to scrap it. And I can't really sell it as is because it's not safe to drive with the fuel tank ready to fall off!

I want to just replace the straps, but I know fighting the rust is going to make it a difficult job. How many cans of PB Blaster will I need to get the old bolts off?

I see replacements are available - Dorman 578-501 - about $80 from RockAuto

Does anyone know if they include new bolts with these? I'm guessing probably not and there's no way I'll be able to re-use the existing bolts.
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Default Re: LW200 Fuel tank strap rusted & snapped

One thing which could prove useful comes from comparing the OEM catalog to the RockAuto catalog. The OEM catalog shows that the straps are the same part number from 2000 to 2005 regardless of tank capacity (which changed in 2001 and remained the same until the end of the L-Series production run). With that in mind then the mounting bolts should be the same for all six production years. Can you get to a wrecking yard and pick up the bolts from one?
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Default Re: LW200 Fuel tank strap rusted & snapped

hi sages- never did this on a saturn, but did on a 62 chevrolet and later on a 77 dodge. got straps and bolts both times from a junk yard and did it myself. shysters wanted $200 for job. figure the dollar will never drop in value as low as some crumbs will stoop for it . keep your eyes moving and your brain working at all times. regards bob f
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Default Re: LW200 Fuel tank strap rusted & snapped

Well, I figured if I'm going to do the job, I'm not going to use pre-rusted straps - so I'll pay Dorman the ridiculous price of $80 for the pair of straps.

I did write to Dorman's "technical support" people and they confirmed that bolts are not included. Just seems kinda dumb to not include them - but hopefully they are a standard size that I can easily match from Lowes.

But now it's super cold, so I'm hoping for another warm day here in NJ
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