A fuel leak may happen on your Ford Focus. If this were the case, it is imperative to remedy it as soon as possible. You should know that an accident could certainly happen quickly if the slightest 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 Ford Focus, but it could be a micro oozing without gravity.
In this article we will take you step by step to set up the security measures and also try to find the fuel leak.
(Be aware that if you were about to take your Ford Focus to the roadworthiness test, this situation would lead to a refusal of validation).
If you have already sorted out 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 Ford Focus”.
Different basic steps to get you to safety in case of a fuel leak on your Ford Focus:
If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your Ford Focus’s engine.
Each passenger must get out and move far away from the vehicle.
If you are at a standstill, watch out for those around you. Are you in a restrained 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 Ford Focus).
You’ve secured as much of the area as you can. In the future, you will have to visually examine your Ford Focus.
If you can, wait about ten minutes before proceeding, this will enable the engine to cool down, and also the potential leak to leave traces on the ground, making it less difficult to detect.
If you have the equipment, raise your Ford Focus, working with a jack or candle if you have to inspect below.
The tank is located at the rear of your Ford Focus, it is the first area to be checked.
Inspect the hoses that emerge from the engine. (Small black pipes). Look for traces of small cuts, distinct 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 Ford Focus.
If you have identified the leak, you ought to 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 noticed any leaks from your Ford Focus’s tank, they may come from the fuel filter. It may be loose or simply damaged. It is suggested 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 Ford Focus 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 complete exhaust system overhauled, which must be getting old.
If your Ford Focus 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 Ford Focus, you must now look to the engine compartment and the various parts that make it up.
Monitor the hose connections with the fuel filter, as mentioned above, the condition of the fuel filter.
Otherwise, inspect 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 Ford Focus.
Conclusion on your Ford Focus 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 unnecessary risks.
For most repairs, it takes professional labour.
Then, we recommend that you regularly maintain your Ford Focus to stop this kind of situation and in a larger sense any possible failure. Some breakdowns are obviously due to the wear and tear of time and therefore inevitable.
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