A fuel leak may very well occur on your Cadillac CTS. If this were the case, it is essential to remedy 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 note that the smell of the gasoline is very strong and be smelled all around your Cadillac CTS, 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 recognise the fuel leak.
(Note that if you were about to take your Cadillac CTS 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 Cadillac CTS”.


Different steps to get you to safety in the event of a fuel leak on your Cadillac CTS:

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

If you are at a standstill, keep an eye 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 Cadillac CTS).

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

If you can, wait about ten minutes before carrying on, this will enable the engine to cool down, and also the potential leak to leave traces on the ground, making it easier to detect.

If you have the equipment, raise your Cadillac CTS, using a jack or candle if you have to take a look at below.

The tank is located at the rear of your Cadillac CTS, 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, 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 Cadillac CTS.

If you have spotted 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 Cadillac CTS’s tank, they may come from the fuel filter. It may be loose or simply broken. It is urged 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 Cadillac CTS 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 entire exhaust system overhauled, which must be ageing.
If your Cadillac CTS 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 Cadillac CTS, 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 i have said 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 Cadillac CTS.

Conclusion on your Cadillac CTS that smells gasoline

As you have noticed in this article, it is important 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 Cadillac CTS to stop 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 wish more guides on the Cadillac CTS, go to our Cadillac CTS category.