A fuel leak may very well happen on your Ford Flex. If this were the case, it is essential to remedy it as soon as possible. You should know that an accident could certainly 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 note that the smell of the gasoline is very strong and be smelled all around your Ford Flex, but it could 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 recognise the fuel leak.
(Note that if you were about to take your Ford Flex to the roadworthiness test, this situation would lead to a refusal of validation).

If you have already solved 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 Ford Flex”.


Different steps to get you to safety in case of a fuel leak on your Ford Flex:

If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your Ford Flex’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 Ford Flex).

You’ve secured as much of the area as you can. From now on, you will have to visually check your Ford Flex.

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 remains on the ground, making it less difficult to detect.

If you have the equipment, bring up your Ford Flex, using a jack or candle if you have to inspect below.

The tank is located at the rear of your Ford Flex, it is the first spot 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 Ford Flex.

If you have spotted the leak, you should go to the garage. Only take your vehicle if it is a very small leak. If you have any doubts, 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 observed any leaks from your Ford Flex’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.

Otherwise, check your filter cartridge. Its task is to limit exhaust gases on your Ford Flex 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 getting old.
If your Ford Flex 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 discovered the failure so far on your Ford Flex, you must now turn to the engine compartment and the multiple 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 Flex.

Conclusion on your Ford Flex 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 needless risks.
For most repairs, it requires professional labour.
Then, we recommend that you regularly maintain your Ford Flex to stop this kind of situation and in a larger sense any possible failure. Some breakdowns are clearly due to the wear and tear of time and therefore unavoidable.

To get more tips on the Ford Flex, take a look at the Ford Flex category.