Fuel Return Hose Replacement at your home or office.

Our certified mechanics come to you · Backed by our 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty · Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront

Fuel Return Hose Replacement Service

What is the Fuel Return Hose all about?

On a carbureted engine, the fuel return hose serves a number of functions. First, it allows excess fuel to return to the tank instead of becoming over-pressurized. Second, it prevents vapor lock by allowing the fuel to circulate through the fuel pump as it cools, instead of vaporizing in the pump and the fuel lines. And finally, it helps reduce fuel pump line pressure, which can cause excessive wear on the fuel pump.

The fuel pump works to circulate gas in a constant loop to and from the tank, allowing the carburetor to take as much fuel as it needs. The whole system would fail if the fuel return hose stopped functioning.

Keep in mind:

  • Fuel return hose replacement is not part of your regular vehicle maintenance.
  • Cracks and abrasions can cause your fuel return hose to malfunction.

How it's done:

  • The vehicle's hood is opened and vehicle is supported on jack stands
  • The fuel tank lowered and the defective fuel return line removed
  • The new fuel return line is installed then fuel tank is re-installed
  • The hood manual support is removed and vehicle removed from jack stands
  • The repair is verified and the fuel lines are tested for leaks and proper operation

Our recommendation:

If fuel is not delivered properly to your carburetor, your vehicle will start with difficulty or not start at all. If you’re experiencing starting difficulties, one of our expert mechanics can diagnose the problem and replace a faulty fuel return hose if required.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Fuel Return Hose?

  • There is a gas smell but tank and lines are not leaking
  • Gas stain or puddle underneath the car but tank and lines are fine
  • Carburetor floods easily

How important is this service?

If you smell gas, you should have your vehicle inspected. A blocked or faulty fuel return hose could result in the ignition of leaking fuel and an engine fire. Have it replaced immediately.

Fast and easy Fuel Return Hose Replacement service at your home or office.

Recent articles & questions

What’s the Correct Lubricant to Use on Door Locks and Hinges?
Lubricate your door locks and hinges as part of regular car care and maintenance. Graphite powder and white lithium grease should be used differently.
P2272 OBD-II Trouble Code: O2 Sensor Signal Stuck Lean Bank 2 Sensor 2
What What the P2272 code means? P2272 is an OBD-II generic code for the engine control module (ECM) detecting the O2 sensor for bank 2 sensor 2 after the catalytic convertor is stuck lean. What causes the P2272 code? The...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Florida?
Automotive technician jobs in Florida have an mean salary of $38k, with some mechanics earning as much as $40k.

Hearing noise form tires when turning

This is an issue that comes up often on this vehicle. Most of the time it comes up if the vehicle is 4-Wheel Drive. If it is then the problem is typically caused by worn out CV axles. If the...

I have the check engine light on and checked for DTC's it says ECM set and CEM set

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your Volvo. There should be specific alpha numeric "codes" displayed on the Code Reader. Do you see/have those "codes"? These will help pinpoint any faults and assess the issue. I would recommend having...

The service 4 wheel drive light comes on in my 05 Chevy Silverado 1500 HD

It is not likely that damage will occur or is occurring. Generally, it's only if the check engine light is actually flashing that you can reasonably expect damage. As far as whether what you are describing is a "known issue"...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com