A fuel leak may happen on your Toyota Corolla. If this were the case, it is imperative to stop it as soon as possible. You should know that an accident could happen quickly if the smallest spark came close. However, don’t panic. If you comply 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 Toyota Corolla, 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 recognise the fuel leak.
(Note that if you were about to take your Toyota Corolla to the roadworthiness test, this situation would lead to a refusal of validation).
If you have already settled 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 Toyota Corolla”.
Different procedures to get you to safety in the event of a fuel leak on your Toyota Corolla:
If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your Toyota Corolla’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 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 Toyota Corolla).
You’ve secured as much of the area as you can. From now on, you will have to visually check your Toyota Corolla.
If you can, wait about ten minutes before carrying on, this will allow 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 Toyota Corolla, working with a jack or candle if you have to inspect below.
The tank is located at the rear of your Toyota Corolla, 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, 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 Toyota Corolla.
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 worries, call him.
It is more dangerous with a gasoline vehicle that would ignite straightaway, whereas a diesel vehicle must be heated before it ignites.
If you have not noticed any leaks from your Toyota Corolla’s tank, they may come from the fuel filter. It may be detached 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 role is to limit exhaust gases on your Toyota Corolla 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 full exhaust system overhauled, which must be getting old.
If your Toyota Corolla 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 Toyota Corolla, you must now turn to the engine compartment and the different parts that make it up.
Keep an eye on 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 Toyota Corolla.
Conclusion on your Toyota Corolla 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 necessitates professional labour.
Then, we recommend that you regularly maintain your Toyota Corolla to stop 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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