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Old 12-31-2009, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK - the weather warmed up yesterday a bit (low 50s) so I pull out the car wash soap and fill a buck with hot water to give CR a badly needed bath. I had previously noticed that there was mud and grass stuck to the gas tank, etc.

As I gently washed that area, the paint on the tank started pealing off in patches. Wonder if I should really worry about it or just let it go? I can check the next time I'm in Denton to see if it's a warranty issue, but since all I've done is wash the bike I don't think that Suzuki could say I've modified the tank at all.

Anyone else ever had this happen?
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Gas tank? how they heck were u cleaning it? That thing is more buried than the engine is.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Gas tank? how they heck were u cleaning it? That thing is more buried than the engine is.
My first thought too! I don't think I have even seen the gas tank on the 400.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just pull the center section - two pop-outs under the seat and then manuver the tabs. It's also how you change the spark plug, by removing the center section - quite easy really.

Since the 09 is very different than the 05 (thank goodness), I wanted to get a look-see at all I could easily look at. Make sense?

As to how I cleaned it - I just put hot soapy water and my car wash sponge to it - couldn't really "get after it" and when I rinsed it off, the paint acted like it was never primed - just painted over the metal tank.

I do wish you could change the fuel filter, but the 09 doesn't have one - just the mesh bag. To get to it, you have to drop the engine to move the tank back a few inches.
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I would get it to the dealer as soon as possible. If they need to order a part, or remove this to paint it again, you'll be out of the bike for a while, but it won't be during the summer, or while they are really busy.

I would also wonder how many other places would be prone to rust that they may find. If there are any, the sooner they are found, the better.

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I would get it back to the dealer. I have never seen my tank my 2005.

What type of material is the tank? If it is plastic you may not miss the paint, but why paint it?
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Well it's not really an automotive type paint on the tank, not durable. I don't think it's made for regular soap baths. That and I would hate to spray water near the gas tank, you could force water in something you might later regret like the fuel pump assembly. Had quite a few people in our auto shop over the years that had sprayed water or power washed their engine resulting in sensor failure, or shorts in a harness. Those things are ok if some dampness and rain water gets of over it but not direct sprays or scrubs.
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I was very gentle. I want to know how mud and grass got stuck to the tank to begin with. I find that very curious.

It's like the paint was never primed and just put on shiny metal - usually, that won't stick.

I really hate to leave the bike with a dealership for a couple of weeks - I've just about got it tweaked like I want it.

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How in the world did you get mud and grass in there in the first place? You keep exploring as much as you do, you may not be able to ride her at all one day...
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Mud and Grass. I wonder if that scooter was in a flood before you got it?
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