A fuel leak may very well happen on your Kia Rio. If this were the case, it is imperative to solve it as soon as possible. You should know that an accident could quite possibly happen quickly if the smallest 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 Kia Rio, 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 find the fuel leak.
(Be aware that if you were about to take your Kia Rio 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 Kia Rio”.


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

If you are driving, stop as soon as possible to stop your Kia Rio’s engine.
Each passenger must get away 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 cause a spark. Any electronic equipment should also be avoided. (Mobile phone nearby your Kia Rio).

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

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

If you have the equipment, elevate your Kia Rio, using a jack or candle if you have to inspect below.

The tank is located at the rear of your Kia Rio, 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 any 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 Kia Rio.

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 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 noticed any leaks from your Kia Rio’s tank, they may come from the fuel filter. It may be detached or simply damaged. 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 function is to limit exhaust gases on your Kia Rio 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 Kia Rio 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 Kia Rio, you must now look to the engine compartment and the multiple 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 Kia Rio.

Conclusion on your Kia Rio that smells gasoline

As you have seen in this article, it is important 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 Kia Rio to counteract this kind of situation and in a larger sense any possible failure. Some breakdowns are undoubtedly due to the wear and tear of time and therefore inevitable.

Whenever you have any additional questions about the Kia Rio, do not hesitate to consult our Kia Rio category.