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Fuel drip (leak) under car close to fuel tank

My 2001 Passat is dripping gasoline near the location of the gas tank. I took it to the dealership and was told the line was likely wearing out from heat and elements near the fuel filter. Therefore, the line and the filter would need to be replaced. Any thoughts?

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  • diaz7000 Apr 23, 2009

    Do I need any special tools to change the rubber hoses? Does the can need to be on a lift to access the lines? If the steel lines are fine do I need to replace them anyway? Do I need to replace the fuel filter as well? How about the fuel pump?
    Thank you for your help!!


  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    Sounds plausible. Do you live in the north where salt is POURED on the roads during the winter?? VW uses steel lines for fuel - not stainless.

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Yes, that sounds like the problem. The filter is usually attached to the steel fuel lines with a short piece of rubber hose (not sure about vw though) which over time will dry up and split, allowing fuel to leak. I checked, and a replacement is about $30 (much more from the dealer) . If it uses the 2 short hoses, it will come with them, and hopefully that will be the cure. DON'T park car inside a garage until this is fixed, fumes will build up and can ignite in a closed area just by flipping on a wall light switch or starting the car.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

  • Curt Downs Apr 23, 2009

    If you purchase the filter, you can check to see if 2 short rubber hoses are included, but it may be a quick disconnect type. You can purchase the fuel line disconnect at the parts store, not expensive. There are different sizes for various fuel line sizes, so you can get the correct size when you buy the filter. The fuel pump is located in the gas tank, not the lead source. Steel lines if not rusted through can be left alone. Jacking up the car and putting on safety stands for safety and access will be necessary . Block wheels also so car won't roll and fall off safety stands.

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