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    Default Pajero LWB spare Diesel tank - repair it or take it off?

    Our 2009 LWB came with a spare Diesel tank that was leaking from the beginning (we knew about that).

    As long as one didn't use the spare tank, e.g. fill up and pump it empty after filling up, it wasn't bothering us first.
    The leak was somewhere on the top of it.

    It then started leaking on the bottom. Was fixed.

    When we visited Central Kalahari GR in March all was fine, obviously,
    we lost a few litres of Diesel but once the spare tank was emptied, it wasn't leaking any more.

    After being back a week now, it started leaking again at the bottom and we need to decide what to do. And to find a workshop in CT.

    Obviously, it doesn't make sense to repair it again so we have three options.

    Option 1 - Take it off, close the openings and travel with the main tank

    Option 2 - Replace it with a new tank

    Option 3 - Repair it



    What to do and where to go?

    TIA
    Last edited by Southerndreams; 2021/04/12 at 12:26 PM.

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    Default Re: Pajero LWB spare Diesel tank - repair it or take it off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Southerndreams View Post
    Our 2009 LWB came with a spare Diesel tank that was leaking from the beginning (we knew about that).

    As long as one didn't use the spare tank, e.g. fill up and pump it empty after filling up, it wasn't bothering us first.
    The leak was somewhere on the top of it.

    It then started leaking on the bottom. Was fixed.

    When we visited Central Kalahari GR in March all was fine, obviously,
    we lost a few litres of Diesel but once the spare tank was emptied, it wasn't leaking any more.

    After being back a week now, it started leaking again at the bottom and we need to decide what to do. And to find a workshop in CT.

    Obviously, it doesn't make sense to repair it again so we have three options.

    Option 1 - Take it off, close the openings and travel with the main tank

    Option 2 - Replace it with a new tank

    Option 3 - Repair it



    What to do and where to go?

    TIA

    I guess the answer really would be depending on whether u need the extra fuel.

    We added an extra tank to our D4 bc we were doing lots of towing in soft sand (which makes it seem like there are multiple leaks in the tank).

    Weve now mostly converted to RTT - and the number of legs where the extra tank is a must is now less.

    From a resale perspective it might give a small boost to the value but u almost never get back what u put in.

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    Default Re: Pajero LWB spare Diesel tank - repair it or take it off?

    Is it stainless steel ?
    Is it a single leak or along a seem or weld line?
    Personally, if still needing longer range, the I would have it fixed.
    Depends on the sort of trips you are planning in future I guess.
    Otherwise shut it off.
    If not stainless it may well start rusting inside which is a disaster for injectors, filters etc.
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    Default Re: Pajero LWB spare Diesel tank - repair it or take it off?

    It's a steel tank.

    We've otherwise got 140 l which would not have been sufficient for the 10 days at CKGR.

    We've been at Alu Innovations in Cape Town and according to the guy it would be a major 2 or 3 days job to repair it.

    I think it's multiple leaks.

    I've also been told these tanks are not built any more due to breakin problems.

    If the Covid situation is getting better were planning a long trip Uganda and back.

    Not planning to resell it though.
    Last edited by Southerndreams; 2021/04/12 at 04:14 PM.

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