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    Leaking petrol tank advice....

    Went over a bit of debris yesterday morning and since then thought I could smell petrol. Found a nice petrol puddle under the car this morning (Rover 25) underneath the petrol tank which is about quarter full. Seems to be about a drip every 2 seconds or so.

    I'm going to put some sand on the puddle but is the car safe to drive? is it safe to be on the drive? should I drain the tank? anyone suggest anything to repair the tank with?

    I'm more concerned about the immediate safety aspects......

    Any advice appreciated (apart from get a new car)!

    Thanks in advance :thumbsup:

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    Take the car to a garage and get them to fix it

    Before going down the path of getting a new tank fitted..which is quite expensive...I'd phone a local reputable body repair specialist and ask if it's possible to repair a petrol tank...never had such a problem so sorry for the limited advice.

    currychops

    Before going down the path of getting a new tank fitted..which is quite … Before going down the path of getting a new tank fitted..which is quite expensive...I'd phone a local reputable body repair specialist and ask if it's possible to repair a petrol tank...never had such a problem so sorry for the limited advice.




    I had the same type of problem with a rover and the garage I took it only charge £45 pounds to supply and fit a new tank.

    Original Poster

    I've booked it in for Monday morning - when I spoke to them on the phone they reckoned cause the car is 7 years old, the debris may have damaged a corroding seam........which would mean a new tank

    J.Dance

    I had the same type of problem with a rover and the garage I took it only … I had the same type of problem with a rover and the garage I took it only charge £45 pounds to supply and fit a new tank.



    wow that was reasonable ...thought the part would cost more than that .

    currychops

    wow that was reasonable ...thought the part would cost more than that .




    So did I. However I was more then happy with that.

    I wouldn't use the car until it is fixed, petrol and hot exhaust pipes could result in fire.

    Also make sure your car is parked well away from the public highway in the meantime, because ( a) you are breaking the law, and ( b) a spark could easily start a serious fire.

    Have you actually spotted the leak on the tank and definately not the fuel line?

    As inactice said, i'd not use it either.

    Might be more Hollywood than UK, but all you need is some clown to throw a lit ciggie from their car and who knows what could happen

    I wouldn't drive it, The chances of it blowing up/setting on fire are remote, But I wouldn't take the risk.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice. Its parked on the drive where I was intending keeping it until taking it to the garage on Monday. There is a nice little ding in the base of the tank where the fuel was leaking from. I was worried that it was going to continue leaking until the tank was empty so I've done a temporary fix with some epoxy putty which has sealed it for the moment. This will hopefully last until Monday morning when I take it the garage.Cheers for the advice.
    Thanks and repped :thumbsup:

    gari189

    Thanks for the advice. Its parked on the drive where I was intending … Thanks for the advice. Its parked on the drive where I was intending keeping it until taking it to the garage on Monday. There is a nice little ding in the base of the tank where the fuel was leaking from. I was worried that it was going to continue leaking until the tank was empty so I've done a temporary fix with some epoxy putty which has sealed it for the moment. This will hopefully last until Monday morning when I take it the garage.Cheers for the advice. Thanks and repped :thumbsup:



    Temporary fix was a great idea, hope it lasts til Monday, it should do.

    ;-)

    My friend had a similar problem with his Astra.

    His problem was a washer or sealant had come away. The part cost £30, however labour cost £200 + VAT. This was because the mechanic had to take off the exhaust in order to fix the actual fault.

    It may sound like a little job, but it could be costly.

    gari189

    Thanks for the advice. Its parked on the drive where I was intending … Thanks for the advice. Its parked on the drive where I was intending keeping it until taking it to the garage on Monday. There is a nice little ding in the base of the tank where the fuel was leaking from. I was worried that it was going to continue leaking until the tank was empty so I've done a temporary fix with some epoxy putty which has sealed it for the moment. This will hopefully last until Monday morning when I take it the garage.Cheers for the advice. Thanks and repped :thumbsup:



    Great idea with the resin. The reason why tanks are so cheap to fit is because they are a doodle to do. If the resin has stopped the leak, there is no reason why you can't drive it to the mechanic's place.

    I once had a fuel tank on a 205 go (while filling up). They had to shut the garage and call the Fire Brigade....embarassing ain't the word!

    Foxy102

    Great idea with the resin. The reason why tanks are so cheap to fit is … Great idea with the resin. The reason why tanks are so cheap to fit is because they are a doodle to do. If the resin has stopped the leak, there is no reason why you can't drive it to the mechanic's place.I once had a fuel tank on a 205 go (while filling up). They had to shut the garage and call the Fire Brigade....embarassing ain't the word!



    How many ltrs did you put in before you realised it was leaking out of the tanks.

    :giggle:

    It was only when I could smell it really strongly, and see the puddle next to my feet! All 40 odd litres came out! Luckily, my dads a mechanic...very handy.
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