gas leak on top of gas tank
Lynette

AOL

#1 Aug 18, 2009
Have smelled strong odor of gas for a week and am not getting gas mileage I am used to. Duh, got my hubby to look under the car and he discovered gas leaking on the top of our gas tank. We suppose the fuel pump needs work/replacement, but how do we get to it? Do we have to drop the gas tank, and if the answer is yes, what is a fair price to do that? Don't want to get taken since we don't have a mechanic and want to avoid the high cost of the dealership.

Thanks - and please dumb it down for non-mechanical people!
Tim

Bullhead City, AZ

#2 Aug 4, 2010
I just got the same problem on my 2006, if I find the answer I will let you know
Diane

Wylie, TX

#3 Aug 29, 2010
I have an '05 Maxx. About two weeks ago I started smelling gas and it got worse. I also saw a decrease in gas milieage. In addition, I had difficulty when startig the car - it would kind of keep trying to start (extra turn, over sort of). Found out my gas tank was leaking AND the fuel filter needed to be changed.$920 to repair. Also it was difficult for the shop to find the right fuel filter. They got 4 parts, all of them were the wrong one.

I do love my Maxx and the way it handles and drives. Disappointed that I had to get a new gas tank, that seems like that is an unusual thing to happen.
Jared

Payson, AZ

#4 Dec 6, 2011
Hey everyone, so I purchase an 06 malibu maxx a few days ago, and after a fill up I noticed a strong odor of fuel. Over the course of the next few days, the fuel smell started getting worse, regardless the amount of fuel in the tank. Also I noticed the car had trouble starting on the first key turn, but would start immediately on the second key turn. Well, today as I was leaving walgreens, I looked under the car and saw a puddle of fuel right below the fuel tank. I immediately drove the car to a mechanic and he dropped the tank. We found out that the high pressure line coming off the fuel pump had a small crack, and as the line pressurized, it would spray fuel all over the top of the tank. With new malibu's, the high pressure line is built into the fuel pump, so replacing just the cracked line was out of the question. My mechanic had to replace the fuel pump, a $531 part, and charged me 3 hours labor. Total I spent a little over $800 for the fix. I urge anyone having a similar problem to get your car into a shop AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. With the amount of fuel that was accumulating on top of my tank, and in my skid plate, a simple flick of a cigarette could have turned my car into a ball of fire.
Pimpin

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Nov 8, 2014
Jared wrote:
Hey everyone, so I purchase an 06 malibu maxx a few days ago, and after a fill up I noticed a strong odor of fuel. Over the course of the next few days, the fuel smell started getting worse, regardless the amount of fuel in the tank. Also I noticed the car had trouble starting on the first key turn, but would start immediately on the second key turn. Well, today as I was leaving walgreens, I looked under the car and saw a puddle of fuel right below the fuel tank. I immediately drove the car to a mechanic and he dropped the tank. We found out that the high pressure line coming off the fuel pump had a small crack, and as the line pressurized, it would spray fuel all over the top of the tank. With new malibu's, the high pressure line is built into the fuel pump, so replacing just the cracked line was out of the question. My mechanic had to replace the fuel pump, a $531 part, and charged me 3 hours labor. Total I spent a little over $800 for the fix. I urge anyone having a similar problem to get your car into a shop AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. With the amount of fuel that was accumulating on top of my tank, and in my skid plate, a simple flick of a cigarette could have turned my car into a ball of fire.
.......... I read this and i just barely changed the fuel pump in my 05 v6 mailbu maxx because of this same reason. I just wanted to let everyon know that the part at auto zone and oriellys is 288 dollars but the chevy dealer and mechanic shops said it was 500 and up as well but we bought the part and it took all around to drop the tank and change the fuel pump and put the tank back up it took my girlfriend and little brother about two hours to finish. First time either of them ever did it too. This article did help me narrow down the problem so i figured id help anyone else out i could.
Keith

Little Rock, AR

#6 Dec 2, 2014
Just put in a new fuel pump and now i got a high pressure leak on top of tank

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