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I half filled my ford focus today when I had finished there was a big puddle of petrol beneath the tank.The leak stopped whilst on the forcourt and petrol is not wasting out of the tank when driving.

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There is a flexible pipe that joins the filler to the tube on the tank. Yours has split, or the clamps have broken.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017

Testimonial: "Thanks Andrew, is it safe to drive? Garage is 15 miles away."

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    Allyson Peers Apr 14, 2017

    "Thanks Andrew, is it safe to drive? Garage is 15 miles away."

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Apr 14, 2017

    yes as long as you don't have a leak underneath at rest. The problem is only when you fill the car at the pumps as you are losing some from the filling process. Imagine a metal pipe behind the filler cap, then a PVC pipe that looks like your radiator hose and then a metal tube sticking up from the tank. There is a clamp at each end of the PVC pipe, and the tube itself can split over time. You may be able to see it under the wheel arch.

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Apr 14, 2017

    Seems it is a common problem. Pictures in this link.

  • Allyson Peers
    Allyson Peers Apr 14, 2017

    I'll check in the morning but I don't think there is a leak.Thanks again for your insight.

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Apr 16, 2017

    My pleasure. :>)



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