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Old 04-19-2010, 07:12 PM
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I do believe there is a fuel leak

So after putting coolant in the car and staring it I smelt gas. Looked under the car and noticed it dripping. Along with coolant but that's not the point here.






Not sure if you can see the drips or not but I tried.

Anything come to mind with you guys?

I know you can't see very much but I have to wait for the gas to be out to go any further with it just wondering if anyone has any experience with this or has had this issue? Thanks....And yes I know I need a new exhaust but I think this has taken it's place in the list of things to do.
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

I take it the car had a small knock/accident at the rear end? If that is the case you will have to fix up the hole in the fuel tank. Cant see it in the pic but you may be able to repair it if its not too big (I know automotive shops sell fuel tank repair kits). Just have a good look around the tank to see if you can find the source of your leak and take a pic of it if you can.
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

Not sure about a knock/accident on the rear end but it just started doing it today maybe it was there and I just wasn't aware of it due to not driving it. I'm just waiting for the rest of the gas to be out and I'll be under it and I'll take pics to show maybe that would be more helpful.
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

Fair enough, I was just going off the bent exhaust, bent heat shield and what looks like a dent on the rear right of the fuel tank, they must be old scars then. Some photos of the right hand side of the fuel tank where it is leaking will be good. In fact you could give the tank a good clean/wipe, then wait for it to leak followed by a snap shot of it.
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

Will do...this is not a area I'm sure about so I have no idea what to do other than research and ask people so thanks
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

In the process of taking the tank off but the bolts are giving me a hard time. I'm pretty sure they have never been off. So a half a can of wd40 in I'm asking for any suggestions on getting these off. I have one of them a quarter of the way out the other one is moving very little and starting to move the strap and almost bending it. I'll take any advice
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

Off memory there is only like 4 bolts on the straps, shouldnt give you too much grief with WD40. You do have a jack or some kind of support under the tank to hold the weight right? If you have a jack and the tank is held in place while trying to undo the bolts/straps it should come off without too much trouble. If the bolts seize up you will end up having to use more drastic measures (Snapping them off, trying to remove the thread that's left or drilling them out etc.). Shouldn't be needed, but then the bolts are probably very corroded by now.
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

Very corroded is what I would say. Yes I have a jack under the tank to support the weight. I finally got two loose but the one is just turning and turning (not sure how long the bolt is exactly) the other I just resprayed with wd40 might let that one soak a little longer. They seem to come out fine for a little then stop. If I don't get any further tonight with it I'm spraying them once more letting it sit over night then trying again tomorrow if nothing I think snapping them is something I might have to do.
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I finally got two loose but the one is just turning and turning (not sure how long the bolt is exactly)
It may be stripped in that case. The thread isnt that long (40mm max). They do have a tendency to strip, it's usually the thread in the body work that strips and not the bolt. If that is the case, you know what needs to be done (snap, remove and rethread, a little larger (M8 or M10)). Good luck and hopefully they come out without trouble!
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

I was just out there and I'm pretty sure it's down to me snapping them and then rethreading I really didn't want to have to do that but it is what it is
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

After having a family thing back in PA for a week I came home to find my father in law had takin the liberty of trying to cut the bolts off of the tank for me but in that process had cut halfway through one of the straps...now I need to finish this because of having to put new straps on...my question is does anyone have any tips safety wise due to the fact gas had leaked all over the next strap I have to cut? The sparks from the dremel just make me a little more cautious. Thanks guys
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

Drain the tank, hose off the areas that have gas on them, then cut
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Re: I do believe there is a fuel leak

water soaked rags and a bucket full if water to keep the rags wet. put the rags all around were you will be cutting and the spot that is leaking gas so the water can weaken the gas some.
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