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I add fuel to my fuel tank and there is no shut off indicator and later I smell fuel throughout the vehicle. When the car was sold to me the previous owner told me not to top off the tank. I just want to know if I can repair this problem, if so how, or should I leave it in the hands of a professional?

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T-wiz. Fuel tanks are really a specialist area. You can at your nearest motor store buy repair kits which to be honest work a treat and only cost about £15 if you know how to use them great investment. The difficulty is you would have to raise your vehicle up on axle stands and jacks and completely drop the fuel tank which is generaly held up with about 8 to 10 bolts. If your brave enough to drop it then ensure there is as little fuel in there as possible to minimise the weight. but if youve never dropped a fuel tank before I would recommend seeking the help of a local garage before you risk causing any further complications.


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