A fuel leak may very well occur on your Chevrolet Colorado. If this were the case, it is very important to remedy it as soon as possible. You should be aware that an accident could happen quickly if the slightest spark came close. But don’t panic. If you comply 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 Chevrolet Colorado, but it could be a micro oozing without gravity.
In this article we will take you step by step to put in place the security measures and also try to recognise the fuel leak.
(Note that if you were about to take your Chevrolet Colorado 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 Chevrolet Colorado”.
Different procedures to get you to safety in case of a fuel leak on your Chevrolet Colorado:
If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your Chevrolet Colorado’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 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 eliminated. (Mobile phone nearby your Chevrolet Colorado).
You’ve secured as much of the area as you can. In the future, you will have to visually inspect your Chevrolet Colorado.
If you can, wait about ten minutes before proceeding, 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, bring up your Chevrolet Colorado, using a jack or candle if you have to inspect below.
The tank is located at the rear of your Chevrolet Colorado, 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 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 Chevrolet Colorado.
If you have discovered 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 straightaway, while a diesel vehicle must be heated before it ignites.
If you have not observed any leaks from your Chevrolet Colorado’s tank, they may come from the fuel filter. It may be loose or simply damaged. 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 role is to limit exhaust gases on your Chevrolet Colorado 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 perhaps be necessary to have the complete exhaust system overhauled, which must be ageing.
If your Chevrolet Colorado 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 Chevrolet Colorado, you must now look to the engine compartment and the multiple parts that make it up.
Keep an eye on 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 Chevrolet Colorado.
Conclusion on your Chevrolet Colorado 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 Chevrolet Colorado to stop this kind of situation and in a broader sense any possible failure. Some breakdowns are clearly due to the wear and tear of time and therefore bound to happen.
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