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Old 06-03-2013, 07:01 PM   #1
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Fuel leak

Hey all, I am looking to get some advice on a very worrying issue.

I have a 2012 Focus SE, and it is due in to the local Ford Dealer for a recurring issue. However, today I have a brand new problem to deal with.

I was at about 2 gallons left in the tank when I went to fill up at the local gas station. I was standing there with the pump running when all of a sudden I heard a gush of liquid under the car. Turning the pump off, I bent down and saw a rather large puddle of gas.

I got back up, and barely tapped the gas pump. Once again, more fuel. This time though, I was down quick enough to see where it seemed to be coming from. If you look at the pictures attached to this message, you can see where I saw the fuel coming from.

I have never had this issue before. And in a bit of odd timing, I saw a post from today saying that Ford is recalling several 2013 vehicles for fuel leaks (although I have a 2012). Does anyone else have any experience with this? Is it even safe to start/drive? I was nervous driving the 3/10ths of a mile to my apartment!


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Old 06-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hey all, I am looking to get some advice on a very worrying issue.

I have a 2012 Focus SE, and it is due in to the local Ford Dealer for a recurring issue. However, today I have a brand new problem to deal with.

I was at about 2 gallons left in the tank when I went to fill up at the local gas station. I was standing there with the pump running when all of a sudden I heard a gush of liquid under the car. Turning the pump off, I bent down and saw a rather large puddle of gas.

I got back up, and barely tapped the gas pump. Once again, more fuel. This time though, I was down quick enough to see where it seemed to be coming from. If you look at the pictures attached to this message, you can see where I saw the fuel coming from.

I have never had this issue before. And in a bit of odd timing, I saw a post from today saying that Ford is recalling several 2013 vehicles for fuel leaks (although I have a 2012). Does anyone else have any experience with this? Is it even safe to start/drive? I was nervous driving the 3/10ths of a mile to my apartment!

do these cars have a free venting overflow? ive never had the issue but find your predicament odd.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:32 PM   #3
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Hey all, I am looking to get some advice on a very worrying issue.

I have a 2012 Focus SE, and it is due in to the local Ford Dealer for a recurring issue. However, today I have a brand new problem to deal with.

I was at about 2 gallons left in the tank when I went to fill up at the local gas station. I was standing there with the pump running when all of a sudden I heard a gush of liquid under the car. Turning the pump off, I bent down and saw a rather large puddle of gas.

I got back up, and barely tapped the gas pump. Once again, more fuel. This time though, I was down quick enough to see where it seemed to be coming from. If you look at the pictures attached to this message, you can see where I saw the fuel coming from.

I have never had this issue before. And in a bit of odd timing, I saw a post from today saying that Ford is recalling several 2013 vehicles for fuel leaks (although I have a 2012). Does anyone else have any experience with this? Is it even safe to start/drive? I was nervous driving the 3/10ths of a mile to my apartment!
It sounds like something is blocking the fill tube and the fuel has nowhere else to go but out the vent pipe. These cars have a capless fuel filler upper thingy so it might have something to do with the mechanism...whatever that is.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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OP, are you positive your nozzle is sitting beyond the second flap? like fully inserted?
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theres a drain hose no check valve between the 2 flaps the inner flap seals tank outer keeps stuff from getting to other flap is what my dealer told me if any liquid gets between flaps it will run out that hose, how much gas were you able to get in b4 it ran out could have been bad nozzle,not all the way in .
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I basically filled the tank before it did this.

Now, the obvious answer is "well, duh, the tank was full, so it leaked out." :P However, I always fill it up the same way (making sure not to overfill), and this has never happened.

I guess I just need to drive it a bit and get a few gallons down so I can add more back in and see if it starts leaking right off, or only when the tank gets near full.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:44 PM   #7
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This has only happened to me when i over fill. Trying to get that evan dollar
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OP, are you positive your nozzle is sitting beyond the second flap? like fully inserted?
^This. If you don't have the nozzle fully inserted, the auto-shutoff will not operate before fuel in the neck runs out the overflow.
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^This. If you don't have the nozzle fully inserted, the auto-shutoff will not operate before fuel in the neck runs out the overflow.
And never try to "top off", you'll end up with a puddle.
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Hi Zeeky.

My name is Ashley and Iím the new customer service rep here on the forum.

I would recommend having your dealer take a look at this. In the meantime, I can loop in your customer service manager. Could you please PM me your name, phone number, VIN, mileage, and dealer info? Iíll pass the info along for you.

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