Q: Gas leak when I fill the tank,Does my mechanic have to drop the tank?

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There is a gas leak,when i filled the tank full,but when i kept the tank 3/4 filled it still smelled of gas,my mechanic says he has to drop the tank and check,which he is charging me $880. Any advise please.

My car has 145000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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