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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Heads up! Gasoline leak!

Hello all, I wanted to post this here because this forum gets more attention the maint/service/problems fourms.

You might want to have this looked at on your next visit for service.

The other day we were out and about and smelled gasoline very strongly while at a stop light. Not sure where it it was coming from, thinking it could be coming from another car or coming from the gas station right next to us on the corner, I kept on driving to see if it went away. At the very next stop light, we get the strong odor of gasoline again. I immediately pulled into a parking lot, stopped the Jeep, turned it off, get out and sure enough...THE JEEP was leaking gasoline!!


It was leaking from the back part of the engine bay, dead center of the vehicle.

Had it towed into the shop. Come to find out a fuel line was rubbing against a wiring loom!!!! It finally wore a hole through and started leaking.

Wow, not very comforting to know my pregnant wife has been driving around in a potential death trap. This is also the second time its been in the shop for major problems within the last 6 months. What is even more concerning is this was a gasoline leak...not good at all!!!

I'm not sure if this is isolated or what but for comparison, I bought this Jeep in the summer of 2006, it has 62k miles on it. It would probably be wise to have yours looked at when you take it in for an oil change or what-not.

I'm even more dissappointed with the Commander than I have already been! Its back to all Fords for us.

Its good timing, Ford are giving and extra $1000 rebates for anyone who trades in a Chrysler product this month too. Expedition here we come!!

Good luck all!
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Sorry to hear about your bad luck with your Commander. Glad you caught the gas leak before it caught fire.

I had a Ford F150 pickup, don't remember the year, but probably about a 1990 or later. I pulled into my garage, turned it off and went into the house. Good thing I left the garage door open because about a half hour later my son-in-law came over and noticed the passenger compartment was full of smoke. Could have burnt my whole house down. Fire dept came and put it out before the house caught on fire. The truck was totalled.

I'm glad your buying American. Ford could be the last American car maker in a few years.

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Sorry to hear about your bad luck with your Commander. Glad you caught the gas leak before it caught fire.

I had a Ford F150 pickup, don't remember the year, but probably about a 1990 or later. I pulled into my garage, turned it off and went into the house. Good thing I left the garage door open because about a half hour later my son-in-law came over and noticed the passenger compartment was full of smoke. Could have burnt my whole house down. Fire dept came and put it out before the house caught on fire. The truck was totalled.

I'm glad your buying American. Ford could be the last American car maker in a few years.
Yeah, It can happen to almost any vehicle at any time....if its mechanical, it can break.
I've just never had this many problems...counting the stuff that happened under factory warranty...with any vehicle I've ever owned..95% of which have been Fords. Probably just been lucky, but I gotta go with whats worked.
Also, this Commander is the most expensive vehicle I've ever purchased...all the more disapointing that it is so problematic....all the more jaded I get with each passing problem.

Yeah, I feel kind of proud to be purchasing a new Ford at this time.....The last American, non government owned car company. Even if I was a "Chevy guy" I'd make the switch when I was ready for a new vehicle for those reasons alone.

Sorry to get off topic.....
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I'm going to have to look into this too. What motor do you have?

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Good luck with your Expedition! We used to have one of those for hauling the kids around, but we also liked to play up in the woods where the Exp. couldn't go. For awhile we had a Bronco for that purpose, but we move too much to maintain three vehicles (wife's car (Taurus), Exp., and Bronco), so we got the Commander to replace the Bronco and the Exp.

Sorry yours didn't work out for you, and I hope your next vehicle does everything you want it to!

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It's never good for a car to leak gas .. but I would not condiser it a major issue as far as service goes.
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I'm going to have to look into this too. What motor do you have?
Sorry, I forgot to put this...

Its the 5.7 Hemi.

Also, I will see if I can get more details when I pick it up this week.
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It's never good for a car to leak gas .. but I would not condiser it a major issue as far as service goes.
I would venture to say, its subjective.
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It's never good for a car to leak gas .. but I would not condiser it a major issue as far as service goes.
I had a Yugo that leaked gas all over the engine compartment. And I wondered why my MPG sucked.

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Well, I picked it up this evening... they didnt seem to want to elaborate much but the service writer told me it was the fuel line running from the fuel pump to the fuel rail. It was rubbing against a wire loom. Its near the back side of the engine. They replaced it and relocated it away from the wire loom. He said it was the first time he's seen it...which is what they all say about most problems, most of the time. If we see a re-call or a SB, then we will know its problematic.

Anyway, if you guys want, have it looked at on your Commander.
Again, good luck!!
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