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Gas thieves drilled a hole in my plastic gas tank. Is there an effective plug to fix it without replacing the whole tank?

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Try and remove filler cap, listen for the sound of air being sucked in as you remove the cap.
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Night be vapor locked..What's that? It when your gas tank pressure becomes greater than your gas pump...You'll be driving then it just shuts off like running out if gas... Quick fix? Open your gas cap and leave it Lise to get air into your gas tank..Clue if this is the problem...Your car will start immediately. Hints...Listen when you loosen gas cap...Can you hear air sucking back into your gas tank. Cheap fix..Take the smallest drill bit and drill a hole into the center of the gas tank..It also could be a replacement gas cap that someone put on the car..Buy the original cap..What caused the problem to start with? Over filling your gas tankk..Putting that extra 75cent to top it off..Your cars gas tank is designed to burn fumes...When you over fill a tank it sends gasoline down those vapor hoses then into a charcoal canister..Over years if doing this...It gets clogged up then the fumes can't get out the tank...It builds up pressure and becomes greater than your gas pump...Then it shuts off...If you wait long will start back...This sounds crazy....But this could really be your problem...Next time the car shuts off... loosen gas car...If it starts...BINGO....You have solved your problem... Drill a hole in gas cap or buy another canister... Usually behind the headlights... Some under car..Follow the gas line... Hope this helps you or someone else....Stop over filling your gas tanks...You'll keep this from happening....Tell others

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Cutting a hole in it could cause you to get exhaust gas inside the cabin and I do not recommend you do this. It is easier if you just break off the bolt and drop the tank then replace the bolt. If you try to drill it out you could short out the wires on the tank or drill a hole in the gas tank and cause an explosion.Thanks for using fix-ya.

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It sounds like the new gas tanks do not have a breather fitted to them.

As you remove gas from the tank it needs to be replaced with air if not it creates a vacuum and natures way of filling a vacuum it to compress the space it is in

Fill a plastic soda bottle with fairly hot water , give it a minute then pour the water out and quickly screw the top on , watch the effect , that is your gas tank

There is either a metal or rubber tube or even a vent in the filler cap to allow air in

You did something to alter that ?

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