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Espace 3 fuel tank & petrol smell / odour
Wife and I just went to pick up the 'new' Grand Espace.
Sigh...it was not exactly fortuitous with her Scenic Auto coming up with a flashing 'D' and 'box sign on start-up. First time that's ever happened in 3 years of owning it. Drove 'round the block in 3rd (?) (limp-mode?), and cycled ignition and it went away. Phew... it's either telling us it is time to change, or the old girl is getting stroppy about the prospect of being replaced!
So I filled the Espace up, but not to 'full' as I have had the experience of leaks from elderly cars with high fill levels before, so better to inch up to full rather than all at once so there's not such a big leak, if there is one! But the forecourt price was tempting and I must've filled close to top anyhow (1 bar not lit on the gauge, after filling).
Anyhow, a few bends on the way home both I and my wife, driving behind me, both smelt a little petrol, and a goodly odour wafted from under-body on parking up.
Having read up on the other threads, this seems to be possibly a defective seal on the top of the tank, possible from warping of the tank with a full load, or split pipework.
The smell has mostly dissipated an hour later, so I don't think it is anything major. There was no such smell on the test drives I gave it. Par for the course, I guess, when you buy a 10 year old car. Question is, what next?
I am planning to fit LPG to it, that is if the thing proves to be a worth-while car for a conversion and doesn't go 'bang' in the next couple of months!! So I guess if I am committed to that, then I should just ignore it at I'd only keep a 1/4 tank of petrol topped up if I have an LPG tank also, and can just do part-fills until then.
...or am I storing up trouble and should just investigate and fix it?
Seems a simple enough job to drop the tank (once I've burnt the fuel off!! Shouldn't take long!). Any comments/observations/tips/sympathy!?
PS, the other thing I was going to mention was that the tank seems to be in quite a vulnerable place against side impacts - the fuel tank is mounted right up to the side of the vehicle. Not sure I really like the idea of a big tank of petrol right under my seat!
PPS, should 'fuel tanks' be in 'bodywork', or elsewhere?
Currently in donald68's garage:
Grand Espace 3 16v Auto, Scenic Dti Auto & Fluence ZE