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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.
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 Of Fuel Leaks Include:
Strong fuel smell
So, perhaps the most obvious symptom is; you may be able to smell fuel from inside or around your vehicle.
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:
Over time, the fuel tank can become worn and rusty. This can eventually lead to the leaking of fuel. In this case; leaks will likely appear towards the back of your vehicle.
The fuel lines transport fuel from the tank to the engine; with the help of the fuel pump. The fuel lines can also leak due to rust and wear. As a result, these leaks can appear anywhere between, the tank location and the front of your vehicle.
A faulty charcoal canister; or one that’s been contaminated by gasoline; can result in a fuel smell inside or around the vehicle.
Regulator or Injector seals
Loose or damaged seals in the fuel regulator or fuel injectors can cause; fuel under pressure to squirt out; while the ignition key is on or the engine is running. Consequently, these components are under the hood with the hot exhaust and potential for sparks.
Missing Gas Cap
Gas won’t gush out of your tank; but some of it will slowly evaporate. This reduces your fuel efficiency over time; and will end up costing you a little more at the pump. Furthermore, the evaporated fuel can release harmful fumes into the environment around you; which is no benefit to anyone.
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. Finally, if the leak is near the engine or exhaust; it could result in a fire.
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