Ignoring fuel leaks, is a fire risk. Because, the fumes are flammable.
So, if fuel is leaking from your vehicle, it can take just a little something to set it off.
Such as, a discarded cigarette or a spark in the right spot. Fix the leak as soon as possible, so as not to danger yourself or others.
In modern vehicles, the most common causes for fuel leaks are, the fuel lines and their fitting.
So, the fuel liquid is not the danger, the danger is the fumes. Because, liquid gasoline does not burn, the fumes are what catch fire.
Common Symptoms Include:
Strong fuel smell
So, perhaps the most obvious symptom is; you may be able to smell fuel from, inside or around your vehicle.
Visible fuel leaks
If you smell and see small puddles of fuel; appearing underneath your vehicle, you should immediately have it fixed. Also, you must avoid all potential ignition sources, such as, open flames, sparks and smoking near the vehicle.
Reduced fuel levels
You may notice that your vehicle is using fuel, more quickly; or the fuel gauge is going down, when you are not driving. This is often, the first sign of a problem.
Reduced engine performance
So, if the engine is starving for fuel and not getting the required amount of fuel; it will not be able to perform, to its full ability.
Common Places To Have Fuel Leaks Include:
- Fuel tank
- Regulator or Injector seals
- Fuel line
- Faulty canister
- Missing Gas Cap
So, it really doesn’t matter what is causing, the fuel smell in your vehicle. You just need to have it fixed as soon, as you start smelling fuel. Because, if the leak is near the engine or exhaust, it could result in a fire.
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