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Old 12-30-2006, 05:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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BMW E36 318is Major Fuel Leak

Can anyone help? Driving home I suddenly started smelling petrol and
noticed the fuel gauge steadily dropping while I watched. I only
travelled quarter of a mile and used about 2 gallon of fuel! When I
stopped I didn't turn the car off straight away and when I got out I
noticed a major fuel leak coming from just above the driver's side back
wheel. It was like a waterfall. As soon as I turned the car off though,
it stopped completely. Now the car has dried out I can't find where it
is coming from but I don't really want to have to start it up again.
Anyone any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Inspect the hoses....

Lift the back seat out and start from the fuel pump and inspect the fuel line hose you should be able to see it wet where it's leaking. There's an electric fuel pump in the fuel tank that sends fuel under pressure up to the motor. So it's pressurized right out of the tank. It sounds like you have an idea where it's leaking anyway, so that really narrows it down. Could be a busted clamp or an actual fuel line failure. Get a flashlight.





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