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Thread: Fuel leak - only on a full tank!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2018

    Fuel leak - only on a full tank!

    I have a 2008 Freelander 2 SE i6 - when you fill the tank until the bowser auto cut-out kicks in, and especially on a hotter day like today (reaching mid 30's), fuel will dribble out from somewhere up under the rear left wheel arch, and out onto the ground from the panel of the wheel arch at the back near the back bumper, right next to the left hand exhaust.

    Is this a 'normal' overflow valve thing? Or do I have a leak there somewhere that needs attention?

    I tried searching for information and so far have come up with nothing.

    I usually try not to fill the tank completely and this never happens, but I overestimated again filling up today and I can smell the fuel as I type.

    As far as I am aware the fuel pump is on the other side, accessible from a cover under the rear right passenger seat.

    So what is happening on the left at the back that could be leaking like this? If not by design..?

    Any input appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Hunter Valley
    It has a leak. Tanks don't vent out. It will have a evaporative emissions system that burns it off through the engine.
    There will be a leak in the fill breather that goes from the top of the left side of the tank to the top of the filler neck
    It doesn't leak oil, Its sweating power

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Engadine - In the Shire, 1 hr South of Sydney
    my defender leaks at top of tank where return fuel line connects and like yours, only when full
    "My greatest problem lies in reconciling my net income with my gross habits" - Errol Flynn

    Rare white 96 110 Deafener - "Boofy"
    Customised dents, scratches and leaks
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