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LPG Tank Testing – Getting it Right, First Time

LPG tank testing by Australian standards is something that needs to be done every 10 years. Given the volatility and safety risks of dealing with gas, this is not a test that can be run by just anyone.

By law, the testing must be done by a licensed operator with specialist equipment in order for the tank to be re-certified. Just because someone is able to do LPG car service does not mean they are licensed to carry out testing.

LPG tank testing isn’t just about meeting legal requirements. It’s also about making sure your car is running optimally. A defective setup will lead to poor fuel efficiency, costing you money unnecessarily.

At Auto Edge, you can be assured of fully compliant testing from an experienced LPG specialist. Perth LPG drivers rely on us for our expertise in this arena.

In fact, other LPG garages and tank testing workshops actually bring their tanks to us for testing! As well as having up-to-date specialist equipment, we’re licensed to work on and re-certify LPG tanks. Many other workshops, despite having licenses to work on LPG cars, do not have these licenses.

Reasons to Get Your Tank Tested

  1. Its a legal requirement
  2. Keeps your gas system operating efficiently
  3. Keeps you and your family safe when driving car
  4. Faults can occur because seals perish over time
  5. Keeps community safe

Other LPG Tank Testing Workshops come to us…

We’re the workshop that other LPG tank testing workshops bring their tanks to for testing!

This is because we have up-to-date specialist equipment and are licensed to not only work on LPG tanks but also recertify them. Something that many others, despite having LPG licenses to work on LPG cars, don’t have.

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15 Steps to Recertifying Your LPG Tank

LPG Tank Testing needs to be done in a methodical and controlled manner.  Please don’t try this at home!  We’ve heard some horror stories where vehicles and homes have been lost because people think they can save money and do it themselves.  Or they get a mobile mechanic to do it who doesn’t have access to the right equipment or a controlled and ventilated environment.

This is the process we follow to protect your safety:

  1. Check tank date – under the bonner plate – and on tank itself
  2. Emission check your vehicle – idle and at 2500RPM
  3. Place vehicle on hoist – run and decant gas lines
  4. Remove fittings to gas tank
  5. Remove tank from vehicle
  6. Remove covers and do external inspection according to Australian standards (if your tank fails there is no charge for test)
  7. Remove all liquid and vapour from gas tank
  8. Purge tank with nitrogen
  9. Valves & fittings are removed for inspection and testing (if any problems are found you’ll be informed of what is at fault)
  10. Internally inspect tank with special fibre optic light
  11. Valves are tested and replaced (as required), pressure relief valve is replaced and all new seals are installed
  12. Tank is pressure tested and leak checked. A stamp tag is placed onto tank, usually near tank serial number.
  13. Tank is drained and placed back into the vehicle.
  14. Small amount of gas is added and pipe connection and fittings are leak tested.
  15. Tank compliance certificate is issued.

Why Choose Auto​ Edge for LPG Tank Testing?

If its good enough for the local fire department…we’ve been called on several times by the fire department to assist with leaking gas in the community. This is because they know we’ll do a good job and safety is a top priority. Our ‘drop everything’ approach to gas leaks helps too.

Because we have all the right equipment and experience, all tanks booked into us are tested on site.  There is no risk of a tank being taken out of your car and damaged by being carted around elsewhere.

In addition your vehicle will be tested for emission output which means that you’ll get every bit of mileage out of your fuel and potential problems can be discovered before they develop into major repairs.  Many workshops say they can do this type of testing, the majority don’t have the specialist equipment to do this as it is expensive to buy and maintain.

 

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