Author Topic: "Oh, it's just a little leak in my gas line"  (Read 8106 times)

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"Oh, it's just a little leak in my gas line"
« on: June 22, 2012, 07:29:00 PM »
I guess this was my day for Antimustachian encounters. After my somewhat surreal visit to McDonald's this morning (see other post), I stopped at my local dairy store/gas station for a half gallon of milk to make yogurt. As I drove past the pumps to a parking space, I noticed a young woman pumping gas into an older, somewhat beat up SUV. There was a puddle under the car (near her, not at the front where it would be A/C water) and liquid was obviously dripping as she pumped. I got out of my car and walked toward her, got her attention and then told her that I thought her gas tank might be leaking. "Oh, I know," she said. "It's just a little leak in my gas line."

Yowza! I can appreciate that replacing a bad gas line is probably expensive but what about the cost of all that gas that she's leaving in her wake everywhere she goes? I quickly got my milk and when I left I drove by the pump. She'd gotten $20 worth of gas, about 5-1/2 gallons. The gas puddle had spread until it was a foot or more wide and 3 or 4 feet long; I wouldn't call it a small leak. I don't know enough about car anatomy to know if the tank could completely empty via the gas line while the car is just parked overnight, but I'm guessing it could. The car was off and parked while she pumped the gas and it was leaking like a sieve. She's surely leaving a trail of $3.70 gas everywhere she drives it. And I have to believe that driving a gas-leaking vehicle has got to be at least a little dangerous to boot.

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Re: "Oh, it's just a little leak in my gas line"
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 08:37:04 PM »
Farken funny. I remember fixing a leaking fuel line on my Lada Niva with duct tape. Three years later it was still all good.

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Re: "Oh, it's just a little leak in my gas line"
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 09:03:26 PM »
I would guess that its just the filler neck.  Surely if it was actually leaking constantly she would bring it to a shop.
The filler neck on my aux tank leaks during filling - instead of fixing it I just stopped using the rear tank.

I think the risk of catching fire may be the larger issue. 
And that's a pretty big freggin issue!

As much as I'd love to be financially independent, I'd still prefer not being blown up even more!

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Re: "Oh, it's just a little leak in my gas line"
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 10:00:03 PM »
And I have to believe that driving a gas-leaking vehicle has got to be at least a little dangerous to boot.
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