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Old 07-27-2021, 02:29 PM   #1
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Leak in Gas Tank. Dangerous?

The dealer says I have a small crack in the gas tank near the fuel pump that's causing the occasional smell of fumes outside the car. They say it's not dangerous or essential if I don't mind the occasional smell. They want $2000 to replace the fuel tank!

Is it really safe? Should I see if it can be patched rather than replaced?
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Old 07-27-2021, 04:01 PM   #2
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How could they tell without dropping the tank? Put a fire extinguisher in the car.
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Old 07-28-2021, 05:47 AM   #3
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Light a match

Seriously though if your car was a few years newer you could probably get it covered under the 7 year emissions warranty.

Try to keep it 3/4 full or so and see if the smell persists.
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Old 07-28-2021, 10:25 AM   #4
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I'm wondering if I still can get the factory to cover it. Maybe a service bulletin was issued? I only intermittently smell it and it's minor but I can tell it's not coming from the cap. But also it can't be smelled inside the car.

I don't trust this dealership they're thieves. They are charging me $419 for a shifter linkage replacement. Someone else said it cost them $189.
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Old 07-28-2021, 10:37 AM   #5
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Have they dropped the fuel tank at all? They wouldn't have to pull it complete to access the top of the tank, but it would take some work to get to the top.

I would bet it's emissions equipment related unless the car has been wrecked.

It looks like new tanks are about $600 but if it is actually cracked it likely could be hot welded.
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Old 07-28-2021, 12:29 PM   #6
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I doubt they dropped the tank. They claim they can't even start the car yet because it needs a linkage cable.
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Old 07-28-2021, 03:18 PM   #7
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If you are planning to keep the car i would do the trap door thing so you could do a visual. Long term the trap door will come in handy anyway.

Crack? No, maybe a leaking fuel pump seal tho.

Anyone else notice everythings 2k for repairs with these cars?
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Old 07-28-2021, 03:54 PM   #8
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You'd be throwing EVAP fault codes until its fixed.
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Old 07-29-2021, 07:11 AM   #9
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Of course a leak in your gas tank is dangerous! Why the fu(k is this even a question?

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Old 07-29-2021, 08:46 PM   #10
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If you are planning to keep the car i would do the trap door thing so you could do a visual. Long term the trap door will come in handy anyway.

Crack? No, maybe a leaking fuel pump seal tho.

Anyone else notice everythings 2k for repairs with these cars?
Sure, do the trap door thing. If cutting into the floor doesn't ignite the gas leak, you can count on the O2 coming in through gaps in the rap door.

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Old 07-30-2021, 05:17 PM   #11
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Plenty of videos on the 'tube showing how to do it.
Common practice on many cars.
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Old 07-31-2021, 04:17 AM   #12
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Plenty of videos on the 'tube showing how to do it.
Common practice on many cars.
A common hack

It sure beats dropping the rear cradle.

Is the OP sure its a cracked tank ?

What about the evap system? any codes?
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Old 07-31-2021, 12:25 PM   #13
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A common hack

It sure beats dropping the rear cradle.

Is the OP sure its a cracked tank ?

What about the evap system? any codes?
That's what the dealer said. I doubt they dropped the tank.
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Old 07-31-2021, 01:23 PM   #14
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Passenger side sender/pump seal is leaking, common issue
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