Things to Know About a Damaged Gas Tank

4 Things To Know About Your Gas Tank & Related Systems

In our authorized Subaru service center in Shingle Springs, CA, we've seen just about everything that could go wrong with a car, and that includes damage and other problems with gas tanks. When gas prices get especially high, we'll see some customers come in with a new hole in the bottom of their gas tank, but that's not the only damage or issue you may run into. From foreign substances finding their way into your gas tank to difficulty keeping the gas pump from shutting off early, we look at five things you should know about the gas tank in your car. It's just one more way we want to show you a better dealership service experience at Nate Wade Subaru.

Trust the experts at an authorized service center when you have problems with the fuel system on your Subaru

5. If You Smell Gasoline, Don't Drive The Car

Modern automotive engineering and technology has made car fires quite rare, but they can still happen. After all, most of us are still driving around with many gallons of a highly volatile liquid. Of course, there are times when you can expect to get a whiff of gasoline from filling up the tank at the gas station to parking in the garage next to your mower and its gas can that lost the lid sometime back. However, a strong odor of gasoline from your vehicle, especially when it's running, is a big red flag. That's because there are any number of ways that a running car can ignite gasoline that's leaking. So, if you get a strong smell of gas from your vehicle, shut it down and get help from certified technicians like those in our service department at Nate Wade Subaru.

Over time, corrosion and rust will have their way with the fuel tank and the fuel lines on your vehicle

4. If Gas Is Leaking From Your Car, Let The Pros Handle It

It's no secret that gas is highly flammable, but did you know it's also corrosive? If your vehicle does have rubber fuel lines, they're a special design that's rated to carry gasoline, and many other fuel lines are solid. No matter where a fuel leak on your car is coming from, it's not something we would recommend for an average DIY project over the weekend. And, the leak could be a symptom of a deeper problem like one with the Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP).

3. Problems With The Evaporative Emission Control System

You may already know that gasoline tends to evaporate somewhat quickly, and the evaporation from gasoline isn't at all good for the air around us. That's why automotive fuel systems are equipped with a system to control this evaporation. At the heart of this system is a filter cannister and a valve that makes sure any remaining gasoline vapors get burned up in the engine combustion process instead of leaking out to the environment. Problems with your car's EVAP system could result in real issues like vapor lock or costly failed smog checks next time you go to register the vehicle. But, what if something other than gas gets in your car's gas tank?

Come see us if you find the fuel pump turns off too soon or fails to automatically turn off at all when fueling your vehicle

2. Foreign Substance In Car Gas Tank

You may have heard about the vast destruction caused by putting sugar in a gas tank. Well, we're happy to report that this one is an old urban myth because sugar does not dissolve in gasoline. If you suspect that this has happened to your vehicle, it's still a good idea to have it looked over by certified technicians as the sugar can easily clog up the fuel filter. While this may be one of the common things you hear about being put in a gas tank, it's not the only one. Maybe someone put bleach, water, or even soda. All of which is likely to result in the vehicle not running for very long. The key here is to get the vehicle to the experts as soon as you realize something isn't right.

1. Trust The Experts For Gas Tank Repair & Replacement

Because gasoline is such a dangerous fluid, it just makes sense to leave it to the experts. You can try a two part epoxy or something along those lines to patch a hole, but do you really want to trust something as important as your car's fuel system to a cheap DIY fix? In our experience, it's typically easier, safer, and ultimately more affordable to leave these kinds of repairs to the experts.

If it turns out that the gas tank in your Subaru needs to be replaced, we'll make sure the new one is the same OEM part that your vehicle came with from the factory. In some cases, we can repair damaged gas tanks, and in many others, the issue isn't with the gas tank at all. That's another advantage to having the pros take care of your vehicle's fuel system repairs. There's no chance of our certified technicians just throwing new parts at a problem until it goes away. We'll get to the bottom of the issue and only fix what needs to be fixed in our service center at Shingle Springs Subaru.

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