Land Rovers are known for their high quality and performance. However, they are often vulnerable to engine fuel leaks, which can cause expensive, long-term damage if not taken care of immediately.
In addition to the risk of damaging your vehicle, engine fuel leaks are the number one cause of automobile fires. Driving a vehicle that has an engine fuel leak is extremely dangerous, so it is important that you have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible.
It is important that you understand the signs of an engine fuel leak for the safety of you and your passengers. If you notice any signs of an engine fuel leak while driving, you should pull over and stop driving, get out of your vehicle and move away from it, and then call for roadside assistance to tow your vehicle to an auto repair shop.
Common Causes of an Engine Fuel Leak in Your Land Rover
Many of the causes behind an engine fuel leak in a Land Rover is due to manufacturing errors that lead to recalls. As the owner of a Land Rover, you should make yourself aware of which models might have manufacturer recalls, so you can have the issue addressed before the engine fuel leaks. Some of the most common causes for engine fuel leaks in a Land Rover include:
- Improperly sealed fuel rail end caps allow engine fuel to spill onto the engine bay under the hood of your vehicle, and as the engine fuel accumulates there is a greater risk of an engine fire since the engine bay reaches hot temperatures when the vehicle is operating.
- Improperly installed fuel pumps are common in the 2015 Range Rover because the bolts used to attach the pump were too long and kept the fuel pump from being properly attached to the rest of the fuel system, leading to engine fuel leaking between the fuel pump and the fuel tank. If fuel accumulates underneath your vehicle while it is idle or parked, there is a risk of fire.
- Bad fuel lines which may be worn or punctured by a sharp object, preventing it from adequately carrying the fuel from the tank to the combustion bay.
- Faulty electrical signal causing the fuel injector to stay open when it should be closed, and leak engine fuel.
- Damaged or corroded gas tanks can leak fuel directly from the tank. This is usually caused by accidents and environmental factors, such as driving conditions.
- Contaminated gas from pumping the wrong gas into your vehicle’s gas tank can cause the fuel system, specifically the fuel pump to back up and the resulting pressure can cause a leak.
Signs Your Land Rover is Leaking Engine Fuel
Your vehicle’s engine performance will sharply decrease if there is an engine fuel leak because there will be a reduction in the flow and pressure of the fuel being delivered to the engine. Since the fuel plays such an important role in your vehicle’s engine performance, it is not only important for you to understand the signs of engine fuel leak, but it should be fairly noticeable. Be aware of the following signs of an engine fuel leak:
- dashboard warning light comes on
- reduced fuel economy
- ignition issues
- rough idling
- fuel, a yellowish or clear liquid, is pooling underneath your vehicle
- strong gasoline smell
- difficulty reaching highway speeds
- difficulty driving up hills
Have Your Land Rover Serviced at World Class Auto Repairs
Engine fuel leaks are dangerous and should be addressed promptly by experienced professionals. At World Class Auto Repairs, in Boca Raton, FL, our ASE-certified technicians specialize in European brand automobiles, including Land Rover.
Your vehicle needs to be properly serviced, and World Class Auto Repairs doesn’t want drivers to push off regularly scheduled maintenance or to ignore warning signs, because they are worried about the quality of service or high maintenance costs, so our factory-trained mechanics offer dealership level service for a fraction of the cost.
If you are in Boca Raton or its surrounding areas, and your Land Rover is showing signs of an engine fuel leak, avoid driving it, and bring it to World Class Auto Repairs. Our staff will have your vehicle back on the road, driving safely.