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Gas tanks subject to road contions causing serious leaks

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Gas tanks are very dangerous to deal with. There are putty that you can buy to patch the holes. I don't recommend you take down the gas tank and fix it yourself since it is a very dangerous procedure. Leave that to the mechanic shop.

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Hi I have a 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander It starts to leak gas when it hits about 3/4 full could it be tank or filler neck and how can I see the problem


I would say tank. If the filler neck was leaking, it would be doing it the entire time you fill up. Get it fixed ASAP- that can be a serious fire hazard.

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I have fuel leaking from the top front right side of the fuel tank. What could be the cause of this leak?


You could have a bad fitting or line connecting to the fuel tank leaking over the top of the fuel tank and just dripping down the side. A road hazard (nail, glass, piece of wood could have been thrown up and hit the tank causing it to leak, or you could have gone over something like a curb or parking lot obstacle that could have damaged the tank. Someone will have to put it up on a lift and examine it to find out which. Have it towed, gas leaks are nothing to play with.

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I had a leaking gas tank that looked deformed i had it replaced at chevy dealership parts garanteed for 1 year, 6 months later i developed the same problem they refused to replace the tank . i told them...


Guarantee covers defects in manufacture not abuse or road incidents. If tank showed physical damage on it, they were correct. If tank was fine and leaking by seams it was on them to honor.

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Gas tank


When you say it only leaks when you fill it up - do you mean WHILE you are at the pump, adding fuel to the tank , or WHEN the tank is full??
If it happens during refueling, the filler neck may have rusted allowing some fuel passing thru it en route to the tank to leak out. The filler neck can be replaced - and may even be subject of a recall. Contact you dealer to make sure it hasn't been recalled for these types of problems before spending *your* money to fix a manufacturer's defect.
Many times, this indicates a tank that has a hole near the top of the tank - which is much better than one at the bottom. There are products - and professionals - that can repair (or replace) these problems / parts. Locating and accessing the hole can be another story however.
Removing the tank for repair / replacement can cause you to incur additional expenses to replace fuel senders, etc. that seem to be fragile enough to break during removal.

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92 Jeep cherokee Laredo....u can smell gas while it's running and just after it's parked also after driving i can hear dripping coming from around the gas tank but haven't seen any dripping or...


The first and most important thing is to stop driving the vehicle IMMEDIATELY!

All modern cars and light trucks with gasoline engines use a relatively high pressure fuel system, with the entire system pressurized from the tank up to the engine, as well as a return flow circuit. Depending upon the nature of the leak, you have a serious potential for a disastrous fire to occur here, because the leak, if on the delivery side of the system, can spray the fuel out in a fine mist that will travel quite a distance and is very easily ignited. Return side leaks, while at a somewhat reduced pressure, are still to be considered a serious fire risk.

Older vehicles with engine-mounted pumps maintained the pump inlet line (the line from the tank) at a slight negative pressure while in operation, so leaks there were less serious while also being more likely to kill the engine.

Now ... as to the leak itself... All that you can do is to get under the vehicle and LOOK! There will visible evidence of the leak. It is possible that the leak is the tank itself, a line connection to the tank, the tank unit seal, or even the tank filler neck. However, if the leak occurs during operation and for a short time afterwards, but then stops, I'd bet on a delivery or return line problem.

Once the location of the leak has been pinpointed, the proper fix can be determined...

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I have a gas leak and we think it may be the gasket for the fuel pump...can you help me locate it?


A 99 is most likely fuel injected, so the fuel pump is inside the gas tank. The gasket for this is a large O-ring in the top center of the tank and is unlikely to leak. Thus your leak is most likely in the line, put it up on a lift at a muffler or oil change place and look underneath for the wet spot which stinks of gas, that will lead you to the leaking spot. Gas tanks themselves can leak due to corrosion, this can be where road debris collects on top, and if you have a skid plate under the tank corrosion can build up between the plate and the tank eventually eating a hole in the tank.

Good Luck

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A light on upper dash came on, same time gas leak on passenger side a drip, friend over filled tank. It stopped gas drip when gas cap tightened and was checked for leak in tank. It has happend today. ...


sounds like your canister vent valve is blocked or the charcoal canister is flooded with fuel. if you drive alot of dirt roads you can clog this vent valve causing backpressure in the tank. you may have to go to a reputable service shop so they can test the evaporative emissions system and get an accurate diagnosis.

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Friend got a car and was told that the fuel pump was replace (2001 Pontiac Sunfire) and that wrong seal was put on and that she should never fill the tank up just get about 1/2 at a time....is this a...


It can be. Anytime fuel is leaking, there is potential danger. I suspect the seal they're talking about is the one right at the top of the tank. Unfortunately you have to remove the gas tank to repair it. Quite likely this faulty seal will cause the engine light to come on also as it will cause a leak in the evaporative system.

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01 dodge ram 1500 5.2 4WD code P0455 evap system leak.


This code will not stall or no start of your engine, evap only work when engine is off, it is to reduce the fume your gas tank lets out to protect the o zone, but it will not pass Emission test, also could be some thing a small as your gas cap not sealing right.

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Well its this line that come from my gas tank


There is a leak in the line itself. This happens over time from road grime. You can repair this yourself quite easily once you pinpoint exactly where the leak starts. Hope this helps.

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