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Fuel tank strap snapped

I was pulling into a parking garage in NYC and heard a loud pop from underneath the car. It turned out to be the passenger side fuel tank strap. Rusted through in one spot and snapped. I ordered replacement but was wondering if it's okay to drive the vehicle in the mean time?
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I would not even consider driving it until both (assuming there are two) straps were replaced. It's a molotov cocktail just waiting to happen.

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Agree with RTexasF. If the other (presumably the second of two) straps breaks and gasoline sloshes over a hot exhaust system a resulting inferno could be deadly to one's health! Not to mention possible danger to any following vehicle and occupant(s) . . .

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No further info from TS - I HOPE you didn't drive it, unlike my GF, who drove hers across town with BOTH straps broken and the tank supported by the driveshaft!

Thank God she had AWD, or the tank would have dropped down to the road!

She called me and told me that she thought there was a loud sound coming from behind the instrument panel!
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No further info from TS - I HOPE you didn't drive it, unlike my GF, who drove hers across town with BOTH straps broken and the tank supported by the driveshaft!

Thank God she had AWD, or the tank would have dropped down to the road!

She called me and told me that she thought there was a loud sound coming from behind the instrument panel!

Yikes!

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This is a common occurrence with 2nd gen Rav 4s in the Midwest and East where road salt is used. My tank belt broke last year and when I had it repaired the mechanic said the tank was welded to the chasis in addition to having the two suspension belts. He said I was in no danger driving the car for that reason. The heat shield also rusted out and I removed it. This old gal just will not die, a credit to Toyota's legendary longevity. Other than this I have had zero problems with this car in over 150,000 miles.
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I had one of the tank belts rust out and break last year also. This is a common problem on 2nd Gen RAV 4's in areas where road salt use is widespread. The heat shield also rusted out and fell off. The mechanic who fixed the tank belt by welding a new one on said the tank is welded to the chassis and I was in no danger driving it with one belt off due to this redundancy.
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Lmfao. 172,000 miles, original engine already dead - crankshaft / connecting rod bearing gone, motor mount bolt holes stripped, front lower control arm bushings toast, all door check straps worn out, window gides all needed replacement, one window motor dead, one power door lock actuator dead, one COIL SPRING BROKEN, both gas tank straps failed (steel gas tank, seriously? )

Legendary indeed.
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Meanwhile, my 2002 HONDA, 250,000 miles, original engine, original transmission, original CLUTCH. Needs a valve adjustment, and at least Honda valves are adjustable, unlike *legendary* Toyota valves.

Toyota - marginally better than the rest, but I will leave the "legendary" to Honda.
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Her gas tank was clearly not welded to the chassis. She is lucky to be alive.
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