Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Is it Safe to Drive With a Leaking Gas Tank?

Leaking Gas Tank

A leaking gas tank can be caused by a number of different things, such as rocks or sharp objects your car picks up while driving down the road. The smell of gas is one sign that you may have a leaking gas tank. A leaking gas tank may be dangerous because of the potential for a fire or explosion.

If you are worried about a leaking gas tank, here are some things to think about:

  • The fuel system has various parts which include the fuel tank, filters, pumps, and fuel injection lines. When one of these parts fail, the entire system fails. A leaking gas tank is one of the leading causes of a failing fuel system.

  • A leaking gas tank can also be referred to a supply leak. A sign of a leaking gas tank is a drop in the fuel gauge without having used that respective amount of gasoline. The fuel gauge may drop a small or large amount, depending on the size of the leak. If you notice this, you should have an inspection to determine if you gas tank is leaking.

  • An easy way to tell if your gas gauge has moved is to put gas in your vehicle, then take note where the gauge is once you park the vehicle. After a certain amount of time, say overnight, check the fuel gauge in the morning and make sure the gauge is in the same spot. If you have less gas, this may be a sign of a leaking gas tank.

  • Another way to see if you have a leaking gas tank is to visually inspect it. Check beneath the tank of your vehicle and see if you notice a puddle. If there is a puddle underneath where your gas tank is located, there is a good chance you have a leaking gas tank. Furthermore, this puddle will smell strongly of gas, which is another sign of a leaking tank.

Driving with a leaking gas tank is potentially dangerous because gasoline is flammable. If the gas comes into contact with a spark or fire, it could ignite causing a fire to the vehicle and injury to the passengers. If you have any suspicions of a leak, it is best to have the gas tank inspected as soon as possible.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed Related Trouble Codes: P2441: EVAP Vent Valve Stuck Open EVAP trouble...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...


Related questions

Q: What is the correct tire pressure?

The correct tire pressure for your vehicle can be found on the tire and information loading placard. This placard is located on the B-pillar, on the driver’s side, right next to the driver’s side door latch. It contains all the...

Q: Serpentine belt coming off

Hello. The oil that is spitting out from the front main seal is leaking onto the serpentine belt, and belt pulleys. This is causing the serpentine belt to slip off. The front main seal will need to be replaced with...

Q: DMTL and oil filter housing and pan gasket need fixing - what is essential to pass the inspection?

If the check engine light is on, or if there are any trouble codes on the ECU the car will not pass inspection in North Carolina. The DTML Pump is part of the evaporative emission control system. It's job is...