Is it Safe to Drive With a Leaking Gas Tank?

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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.


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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
118 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
38 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
22 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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