Is this gas tank leak dangerous?
April 22, 2004 12:09 PM Subscribe
Gas tank leak. I drive a 96 Honda Accord with about 100K miles on it. I've been noticing a gas smell in my car for the past 200 miles or so, more noticable when I fill-up though I assumed it was because I got gas all over me. How immediately dangerous is this? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to travel & transportation (7 answers total)
Today I noticed a small puddle of gas under the car -- in approximately the gas tank area -- after it had been parked all night and a steady slow drip. I called my mechanic who told me how to check to see if the leak is in a pressurized fuel line. He can look at the car in a week and said in the meantime I shouldn't worry too much. I have very few other mechanic options, and I have a spare car to get to work. I can wait til next week. The car is parked outside on pavement, pretty far from everything. I am looking for "I've been there" second opinions. My question is this.... is this an immediate crisis? Can I drive the car to the mechanic's place [10 miles or so]? Should I drive for hours to an available mechanic to keep the car from leaking? Can I still take the car to work? Any tips for dealing with this? I'm more likely to err on the side of super-caution, I'm just wondering if that's irrational in this case.