The following tips are common knowledge but often get overlooked:
- If water is found when sumping your tanks this could mean there is external leakage allowing moisture to seep into your tank and cause corrosion.This could be caused by deteriorated seals, gaskets, or a crack in the top skin.
- When fueling your tank, be sure you or the attendant support the fuel nozzle in some way at all times. Not doing this has caused the filler neck flange area to crack over time, and cause leakage.
- On pre-flight be sure your fuel tank vent system is clear of any debris. If your system is plugged, this will cause the fuel tank to expand as you climb in altitude and contract as you descend in altitude. This constant inflation and deflation could cause cracking along with leakage over time.
We are capable of repairing most aircraft fuel tanks that have welded seams and fittings. Over the years we have developed repair procedures that will bring most tanks back to serviceable condition, and in some cases, like new condition.
Like most components we receive, a damaged fuel tank starts off with a thorough visual inspection (inside & out). It is then tagged "repairable" or "non-repairable." A preliminary call is then made to the Owner/FBO to advise of our findings and the approximate cost for the fuel tank to be repaired. The tank is then cleaned of any coatings and light surface corrosion. The tank is then pressure checked, and at that point, any leaks are noted for repair. Weld repairs are then performed by our Certified Welder and a second pressure check is done to ensure the leaks have been fixed. The tank is re-cleaned and a specialized coating is applied to prevent corrosion.
We may provide 8130's upon request.
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***We also offer an exchange program depending on what tanks we have in inventory. A description of our exchange/core policy can be seen here.