DIY Tips On Removing Rust From a Motorcycle Gas Tank

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Nowadays almost everyone owns a motorcycle as it fulfills our traveling needs. As wear & tear are inevitable and occurs naturally because of regular usage of a product, therefore, it becomes necessary to keep yourself ready with the situation demanded. Many of us generally go to the motorcycle repair center to get rid of issues that are commonly associated with the motorbikes.

Problems such as replacement of spark plugs, greasing up components, replacing the motorcycle brake pads, changing air filters of the bike, batteries of the bike, lubricants etc are quite common. These issues can be solved either at home garage or by taking the motorcycle to a certified repair center.

Apart from such issues, there are other issues which arise when motorcycles are kept ideal, usually with the tank empty. If are guessing about rust getting onto your motorcycle gas tank, then YES! It is what we mean here. Rust is a yellowish-brown coating of iron oxide which is formed by a process called oxidation. Since motorcycle parts are made up of steel and iron, rust is quite common to appear in the presence of moisture.

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The major problem associated with rust is that it can create a hole in the gas tank or can even damage the part of your bike completely if neglected. Therefore, it is necessary to quickly find the solution and work on it rather than regretting afterword.

The process for removing rust from motorcycle gas tank is usually the same for every motorcycle. To start the process, you will require-

  • Distilled water
  • Acetone
  • Two-Stroke oil
  • Rags
  • A length of chain (4-6 feet long)

Before starting the removal process, it must be kept in mind that rubber and acetone do not mix with each other. Therefore, you will need to replace the rubber every time if you have sealed the fuel output with that as acetone mixture will eat away at it. Another thing to consider is the removal of the gas tank from the bike and completely desolating that.

Further steps include-

  1. Plugging the fuel output and checking whether it is sealed or not.
  2. Filling the tank halfway with acetone and waiting for it to settle.
  3. Once you have added the mixture into the tank and sealed it completely, you will need to wait for at least 20-30 hours.
  4. Completely desolating the tank after shaking and collecting the acetone mixture into the bucket.
  5. Once again fill the tank midway with acetone and drop the chain in.
  6. Shake the tank vigorously so that it can knock off the remaining rust.
  7. Repeat the step of collecting the acetone mixture into the bucket.
  8. Now, add distilled water into the tank and empty it out. Repeat the process until fairly clean water comes out and no rust is left behind. You can also put a hair dryer in the fuel hole to immediately dry it out.
  9. Fill up the tank up to ¼ with two-stroke oil and before emptying it shake it well.
  10. At the end make sure you properly dispose of all the acetone and other chemicals.

As rust can appear on the chain of the bike, therefore it is suggested to make use of chain cleaning lubricants and clean that with the help of chain cleaning brush to increase the life of your motorbike. 

Author: Moto Trailers



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