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Leaking gasoline but only when I put more than half tank of

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Leaking gasoline but only when I put more than half tank of gas in the tank.
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: same as usual. No leaks until just now I put 7 gallons in the tank. Now fuel dripping off the bracket just below the fuel tank.
JA: What is the model/year of your Mercedes?
Customer: 1096 560SL
JA: What year is your 560SL?
Customer: 1986
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No fix for me - too old. Took it to local service station before ( last year ) they said it wasn't leaking.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Yes, leak only happens when I put more than a half tank of gas in it. Pretty bad leak - seems to stop when fuel tank gets lower on gas.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 11 months ago.

Hi, I' m Chad. Welcome to JustAnswer. I' m reviewing your question now, and I will be post back with your reply ASAP

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 11 months ago.

1- most likely you have a hole in the tank, that is closer to the rim of the tank,when you filling up to top it will leak ,when it drops below the hole or crack in the tank where it is leaking it will stop leaking.

2- has the car been sitting ?

3- has gas been in tank for a long time ?

4- The tank has to be removed and inspected , that is a lot fuel leaking, it will cause fire , i would suggest not driving until fixed, I seen them leak from tank when they sit and gas in them for a long time

5-There is an o-ring around the fuel sender needs inspected for tear or cracks ?


1986 Mercedes Benz 560SL (107.048) V8-5.6L (117.967)

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FUEL TANK Capacity ............................................... 25.5 gal. (96 liters)

1986 Mercedes Benz 560SL (107.048) V8-5.6L (117.967)

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OS47.10-P-0001-01A Disposing Of Fuel Tanks

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