Is it Safe to Drive With a Fuel Leak?

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A fuel leak is when gasoline leaks from the gas tank of the vehicle. Underneath the car will be a spot of fuel on the pavement, along with the strong smell of gasoline. A fuel leak should not be ignored, so as soon as you notice these signs, it is time to make an appointment with a mechanic right away. Here are some insightful pointers that will tell you why it is not safe to drive with leaking fuel:

  • Ignoring a fuel leak is a fire risk because gas is flammable. Since gas is leaking from your vehicle, it can take just a little something to set it off, such as a discarded cigarette or a spark in the right spot. Fix the leak as soon as possible, so as not to danger yourself or others.

  • Fuel leaks happen over time because the fuel tank rots, gets old, or fails. If this happens, the entire thank may need to be replaced. It is much better to have a safe tank than one that is a fire hazard.

  • Some fuel leaks happen because of a small hole in the fuel tank. If this happens, a mechanic can repair the hole without having to replace the entire tank. This is a pretty straightforward fix that is both safe and affordable.

  • A fuel leak does have a gasoline smell to it, and the gasoline does contain carbon monoxide. This chemical is dangerous when inhaled, and can cause cold and flulike symptoms. If you are experiencing a fuel smell in your vehicle, along with a headache and nausea while driving, it may be a sign of a fuel leak and exposure to carbon monoxide. You will want to air the vehicle out and consult a physician immediately.

  • Another safety precaution to take into consideration is if you do suspect a fuel leak, and you have to wait a couple days to get your car to the mechanic, is to not smoke in your vehicle. Smoking can increase the risk of fire, especially with the gasoline fumes.

A fuel leak is something you should get checked out by a professional mechanic right away, as it is a fire hazard. Do not smoke in the vehicle and be careful while driving until the appointment with the mechanic. While it does not affect the actual handling of the vehicle, it is a safety hazards and should be taken care of.


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Brandon

18 years of experience
773 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Chevrolet Spark - Fuel is leaking from gas tank - Lake Mary, Florida
Called a few hours before the appointment and stated he could be there early which was great. I had a busted fuel line which required lowering the gas tank which was too dangerous to do in the street but he explained everything and took pictures so I will not get ripped off when I take it into the shop.
Dodge Grand Caravan - Fuel is leaking from gas tank - Orlando, Florida
Brandon had a wonderful professional manner, eased the customers anxiety. Was very thoughtful when answering questions.

Frank

6 years of experience
120 reviews
Frank
6 years of experience
Jeep Grand Cherokee - Fuel is leaking from gas tank - Chicago, Illinois
Frank was the mechanic that worked on my vehicle. He arrived on time and He was very knowledgeable about my vehicle and explained to me in detail what he found wrong. He instructed me on what part I needed to replace and options on where to go find it. He is a very nice and respectful young man and hard working. He is truly an asset to the company and i would recommend him to my family and friends.

Bernie

50 years of experience
41 reviews
Bernie
50 years of experience
Dodge Caliber - Fuel is leaking from gas tank - Trenton, New Jersey
Mechanic was awesome and knowledgeable, finished work quickly, explained what else my car needed, and even topped off my coolant, I'm booking him two days from now to do some additional work I wasn't aware of.

Albert

13 years of experience
23 reviews
Albert
13 years of experience
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Fuel is leaking from gas tank Inspection - Upland, California
Top notch-he seems to know his stuff and is able to articulate that in a comprehensive approach. I need to talk my wife into going this route instead of using our dealer...stay tuned.

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