A fuel leak may very well happen on your Chevrolet Silverado. If this were the case, it is imperative to remedy it as soon as possible. You should be aware that an accident could certainly happen quickly if the smallest spark came close. However, don’t panic. If you conform with the safety instructions, nothing will happen to you. You should also note that the smell of the gasoline is very strong and be smelled all around your Chevrolet Silverado, but it could be a micro oozing without gravity.
In this article we will take you detail by detail to set up the security measures and also try to recognise the fuel leak.
(Note that if you were about to take your Chevrolet Silverado to the roadworthiness test, this situation would lead to a refusal of validation).
If you have already settled the problem but the smell remains, we invite you to follow this link to an article explaining “how to remove the gasoline smell from your Chevrolet Silverado”.
Different steps to get you to safety in case of a fuel leak on your Chevrolet Silverado:
If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your Chevrolet Silverado’s engine.
Each passenger must get away and move far away from the vehicle.
If you are at a standstill, watch out for those around you. Are you in a restricted space, such as a garage? Try to aerate as much as possible. Do not switch on the light if you can.
Do not smoke, or do any action that could create a spark. Any electronic equipment should also be avoided. (Mobile phone nearby your Chevrolet Silverado).
You’ve secured as much of the area as you can. From now on, you will have to visually check your Chevrolet Silverado.
If you can, wait about ten minutes before proceeding, this will enable the engine to cool down, and also the potential leak to leave remains on the ground, making it less difficult to detect.
If you have the equipment, elevate your Chevrolet Silverado, using a jack or candle if you have to take a look at below.
The tank is located at the rear of your Chevrolet Silverado, it is the first spot to be checked.
Inspect the hoses that come out of the engine. (Small black pipes). Look for traces of small cuts, specific openings.
In most cases, the fuel tank is pierced.
If your vehicle is not anymore recent, it is likely. If, on the other hand, you bought it new recently, it may not be the case unless you have had an accident with your Chevrolet Silverado.
If you have discovered the leak, you need go to the garage. Only take your vehicle if it is a very small leak. If you have any concerns, call him.
It is more dangerous with a gasoline vehicle that would ignite straightaway, while a diesel vehicle must be heated before it ignites.
If you have not noticed any leaks from your Chevrolet Silverado’s tank, they may come from the fuel filter. It may be loose or simply damaged. It is recommended not to do this kind of manipulation by yourself, if you think it comes from there, call a garage.
Otherwise, check your filter cartridge. Its role is to limit exhaust gases on your Chevrolet Silverado by burning them in order to protect the environment. If this one were out of order, you would smell fuel. If this were the case, it would most likely be necessary to have the full exhaust system overhauled, which must be getting old.
If your Chevrolet Silverado is an older model, and you have a carburetor, it may be questioned. Logically, you should have an electronic injection system and the failure should not come from there.
If you have not yet identified the failure so far on your Chevrolet Silverado, you must now turn to the engine compartment and the various parts that make it up.
Monitor the hose connections with the fuel filter, as i have said above, the condition of the fuel filter.
Otherwise, examine the pipes leading to the common rail of the injectors (indirect injection) or to the HP pump (direct injection),
and finally, the injector seals of your Chevrolet Silverado.
Conclusion on your Chevrolet Silverado that smells gasoline
As you have seen in this article, it is important to take certain safety measures before taking action. Don’t take any unnecessary risks.
For most repairs, it requires professional labour.
Then, we recommend that you regularly maintain your Chevrolet Silverado to avoid this kind of situation and in a broader sense any possible failure. Some breakdowns are undoubtedly due to the wear and tear of time and therefore inevitable.
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