A fuel leak may happen on your BMW X5. If this were the case, it is very important to stop it as soon as possible. You should know that an accident could quite possibly 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 know that the smell of the gasoline is very strong and be smelled all around your BMW X5, but it can 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 identify the fuel leak.
(Note that if you were about to take your BMW X5 to the roadworthiness test, this situation would lead to a refusal of validation).

If you have already sorted out 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 BMW X5”.


Different steps to get you to safety in case of a fuel leak on your BMW X5:

If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your BMW X5’s engine.
Each passenger must exit and move away from the vehicle.

If you are at a standstill, watch out for those around you. Are you in a confined 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 BMW X5).

You’ve secured as much of the area as you can. In the future, you will have to visually examine your BMW X5.

If you can, wait about ten minutes before carrying on, this will make it possible for 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 BMW X5, working with a jack or candle if you have to inspect below.

The tank is located at the rear of your BMW X5, 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 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 BMW X5.

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

If you have not discovered any leaks from your BMW X5’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 task is to limit exhaust gases on your BMW X5 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 BMW X5 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 BMW X5, you must now look to the engine compartment and the various 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, 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 BMW X5.

Conclusion on your BMW X5 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 BMW X5 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 unavoidable.

If you have any further questions about the BMW X5, do not hesitate to consult our BMW X5 category.