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Gas leak gas is leaking from the top of the gas tank on the drivers side of the car. It is a 96 Honda passport. Any ideas what it might be and cost of repair?

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  • Sherrie Bristow Aug 18, 2008

    It was a rotted fuel line and rusty metal lines Thanks to all

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    happens when I top off the oil

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    gas is leaking from on top of gas tank. front side of tank, it only drips to the ground when car is running

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Rusted fuel line or rotted rubber fuel line from fuel pump. Could also be fuel pump outlet is rusted. If fuel leak only occurs when key is turned on - this actvates the fuel pump and vehicle need not be running - then it would be one of the above. I had this problem on other vehicles as well.

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Probably a rotton seal or a hole rubed in the top you can call if you need help doing this

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  • Tjcor379 Apr 26, 2011

    How would I go about replacing that line and re installing back to take if it's rusted off? Do I have to drop the whole tank? Please call if u can walk me thru it.. 2694053255

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But as you say you smell gas when you drive the car if you mean whilst driving the car you actually smell the gas inside the car then this indicates that the leak would be coming from under the bonnet as if it was leaking at the tank then you would only smell fumes when parked up or getting in and out the car.

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But you can never guarantee its going to be a strait forward job the leak may turn out to be a corroded metal fuel pipe from the tank this is not very likely but does happen from to time now this would cost between 25 to 35 pound for the pipe.

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Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

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