LPG Tank Testing
Similar to the gas bottle you use for your barbeque, LPG tanks in vehicles must be inspected once the container has been in use for 10 years.
The tank needs to have everything from its’ structural condition to emergency pressure relief valves checked to make sure everything’s working as it should.
Once the tank has been inspected – and components replaced if need be – it will be date stamped to confirm another 10 years of service life.
How do they test the tank?
In most cases, the tank will need to be removed from the vehicle so that it can be properly inspected from all angles. Tanks that spend their life inside the vehicle will usually be in very good condition.
However, those that are fitted to commercial vehicles or 4WDs are generally mounted on the outside, underneath the vehicle, and as such will be exposed to the elements where damage or corrosion may be more prevalent.
What are the costs?
Depending on the type of vehicle, it may be relatively easy to remove the LPG tank, but in some cases it may be more difficult and involve removing other components to gain access to the tank itself. This is why the costs for testing an LPG tank will vary from vehicle to vehicle.
The repairer you chose may send your tank away for testing, or they may have someone that is certified to check it at their own premise. In either case, it’s a good idea to get an indication from the repairer as to how long they expect the testing will take. Overall, costs can vary from $300 to $800.
RAA has two Approved Repairers that can carry this work out for you:
SA Auto Gas
Unit 2/55 Oaklands Road
Somerton Park SA 5044
Ph 8294 2933
Croft Automotive & LPG
872 - 874 South Road
Edwardstown SA 5039
Ph 8297 8017
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