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So, I bought a 2001 Renault Clio back in November which developed an intermittent starting fault almost ummediately. Took it back to the dealer who eventually sorted it out with a new fuel pump. Had it back nearly a month now and at the weekend it began to stink of petrol. Took it to my mechanics who could see that petrol was leaking out of the top but were unable to remove fuel tank cap. Went back to dealer who sent me directly to the mechanics who had done the work - these turned out to be the mechanics who my dad has always used so I do tend to trust them. They told me that it is common on Renaults for the fuel tank to distort after having a new pump fitted and this is why the cap was stuck fast. They managed to remove it eventually and refit the seal, they then put the cap back on although they couldn't turn it back around the normal number of times so covered it with gaffa tape! This does seem to be working but seems a bit Heath Robinson and makes me uneasy.

I have looked online and can see that it is true that Renault fuel tanks have a habit of doing this and I'm not the only one to have had the issue. However, my question is - if the fuel tank distorts, is this down to the fuel pump having been fitted incorrectly/inexpertly? If the work had been carried out at a Renault garage, could this still have happended? Wondering if I have any grounds to demand a replacement fuel tank on the basis that they didn't do the work properly? Not keen to splash out on a new fuel tank myself, especially as the need for it is as a result of a fault that was there when I bought the car.

Any help much appreciated!
 

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I've got no idea myself, however from what I've seen in other threads on here, if the tank is opened to remove the pump, it must be replaced within around an hour otherwise the plastic tanks used I guess on most cars now will unusably distort & will have to be replaced.
 

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Yep,not exclusively a Renault problem I'm afraid.To avoid the problem happening the tank needs to be empty (or close to it) when the top is removed,and it needs refitting soon after removal.

I must admit,I don't like the sound of gaffa tape being used to seal a petrol tank,I think it will start leaking again very soon!.:crazy:
 

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It turns out the gaffa tape is just holding the outside cover, not the actually fuel tank cap itself. So I feel a little better about it! My colleague took me to see his friend who is a qualified Renault tech who has confirmed that it isn't leaking for now, however it will be interesting to see what happens when I fill up again! The Renault guy did tell me that if the job is done properly the tank won't distort, so I guess I have a case against the garage, but I don't rate my chances of getting them to fit a new fuel tank for nothing :(
 
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