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Old 05-09-2001, 07:01 AM   #1
5 Door Man
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Post First Off Road Excursion

So Sunday night my '96 Impreza Brighton saw it's first off road excursion. Found a pretty nice looking trail down by the river, didn't appear too rutted, but it was!! The mud hid how deep the ruts were. So I get through the first section fine, but I drag the under side of the car the whole way!! And the rest looked just as bad, so I turned around and took an alternate route back out. Well, I hit pavement and notice the chek engine light on. *****!! Pull into a parking lot, get out carefully (to avoid the mud on the door sills/rockers) and pop the hood and check underneath. Aside from being mud covered, everything looks good. Monday I hosed off the underside and pulled it up on a set of ramps to check it better. No loose connections, ripped wires, or mangled sensors. Just a couple of scrapes/dings on sections of the exhaust. So Monday night I get back to school and throw the OBD II scan tool on it. Pulls up code P01080, or something similar to that. Turns out that's the "fuel temp sensor"...which winds up being IN the gas tank!! So I get down underneath the back end looking for exactly where the gas tank it is. Well, I found it easily enough by the HUGE dent in the bottom of it!! Whoops!! So, that leads to a few questions: Has anyone else here managed to dent there gas tank off roading? If so, did you replace it? Anyone know how hard it is to replace the gas tank? Shouldn't be too hard. Are they different between coupe/sedan/wagon? Thanks for the help and hope you enjoyed the story!! Oh, I was surprised to find that the gas tank is actually METAL!!!

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Old 05-09-2001, 08:46 AM   #2
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Mine has a little dent in it but you can't notice it unless you run your hand over the underside of it.

It's pretty well protected, on my legacy I am more likely to get hung up on the suspension or rear diff protector.

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Old 05-10-2001, 12:42 AM   #3
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Bah, you said Excursion!
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