A fuel leak could occur on your Dodge Caliber. If this were the case, it is very important to solve it as soon as possible. You should know that an accident could happen quickly if the smallest spark came close. But don’t panic. If you conform with the safety instructions, nothing will happen to you. You should also know that the smell of the gasoline is very strong and be smelled all around your Dodge Caliber, but it is often 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 find the fuel leak.
(Be aware that if you were about to take your Dodge Caliber to the roadworthiness test, this situation would lead to a refusal of validation).

If you have already solved the problem but the smell persist, we invite you to follow this link to an article explaining “how to remove the gasoline smell from your Dodge Caliber”.smells-like-gasoline-dodge-caliber

Different basic steps to get you to safety in case of a fuel leak on your Dodge Caliber:

If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your Dodge Caliber’s engine.
Each passenger must get out and move 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 turn 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 Dodge Caliber).

You’ve secured as much of the area as you can. From now on, you will have to visually examine your Dodge Caliber.

If you can, wait about ten minutes before proceeding, this will allow the engine to cool down, and also the potential leak to leave remains on the ground, making it less difficult to locate.

If you have the equipment, raise your Dodge Caliber, working with a jack or candle if you have to take a look at below.

The tank is located at the rear of your Dodge Caliber, it is the first area to be checked.

Inspect the hoses that come out of the engine. (Small black pipes). Look for traces of small cuts, particular openings.
In most cases, the fuel tank is pierced.
If your vehicle is no longer 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 Dodge Caliber.

If you have identified the leak, you should 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 directly, while a diesel vehicle must be heated before it ignites.

If you have not discovered any leaks from your Dodge Caliber’s tank, they may come from the fuel filter. It may be loose or simply broken. It is recommended not to do this kind of manipulation by yourself, if you think it comes from there, call a garage.

In any other case, check your filter cartridge. Its function is to limit exhaust gases on your Dodge Caliber 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 probably be necessary to have the entire exhaust system overhauled, which must be ageing.
If your Dodge Caliber 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 discovered the failure so far on your Dodge Caliber, you must now turn to the engine compartment and the multiple 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 Dodge Caliber.

Conclusion on your Dodge Caliber that smells gasoline

As you have seen in this article, it is necessary to take certain safety measures before taking action. Don’t take any avoidable risks.
For most repairs, it takes professional labour.
Then, we recommend that you regularly maintain your Dodge Caliber to avoid this kind of situation and in a broader sense any possible failure. Some breakdowns are obviously due to the wear and tear of time and therefore unavoidable.

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