My husband is a wonderful man and a fantastic mind… most of the time. He was recently saving us hundreds of dollars of shop work by tending to some maintenance and repair issues on my 2002 Toyota Camry which I absolutely LOVE. His brain become disconnected while drilling a hole to secure the heat shield to the underbody of my beloved car… and he drilled a hole in the bottom of the GAS TANK instead He plugged the hole with a screw temporarily…
He bought some epoxy like stuff, I think, from the auto parts store, specifically for repairing a leak in a gas tank, and doused himself in gasoline while attempting make the stuff adhere to the tank. My car still smells of gasoline three days later, the trunk is REALLY bad, and there seems to be a very slight leak, as there was some on our driveway surface.
He figured he should try it again once the tank is empty and gas isn’t pouring out of the hole. I ran it to pretty much bone dry last night, save a cup or two, but I am wondering if this is really a legitimate manner of repairing a hole in the tank or should we be having another tank installed on the car?? I am admittedly afraid to even broach the subject with him right now, he is so distraught about his mistake, which he has said took great effort repeatedly to drill that darn hole in the first place!
So my question(s): 1) Can a gas tank be repaired with a topical patch such as what I described? 2) Should I be afraid of driving the car ie., could it combust and burst into flames while I am driving 65 miles an hour down the highway?? 3) Why does my trunk smell so much stronger of gas than the interior of my car? 4) Do you think there could be a hole in the TOP of the tank too, and that’s why it reeks in the trunk and car?? 5) Is there anything else (besides my husband’s undiagnosed brain disconnection issue) that I should be concerned about here? and finally 6) What can I use to launder his work jacket that has been washed twice and still REEKS of gasoline??
I LOVE my car - despite it’s age, it’s in great shape and has 138,000 miles on it and HEATED seats. I guess the same could be said of my husband, too, but I love him MORE than the car!! Please guide me as to how to address the repair issue if you disagree with the topical application!!