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Old 05-10-2006, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default '97 Legacy GT; Leaking gasoline from area around pass side rear wheel

My 1997 Legacy GT started leaking gasoline today from the area around the passenger side rear wheel. I filled the gas tank today, and noticed a gasoline smell when I had the windows down, and I was stopped at a light.

I dropped the car off at the local Subaru dealer late today, and I won't hear anything from the dealer until tomorrow.

I'm wondering if anybody on NASIOC has ever seen this before, and what they think the cost might be to repair it (or if it can be repaired).

I've seen other people's non-Subaru cars twenty years ago with this problem, and it was the filler tube that connects to the gas tank coming loose or had a hole or something similar, and nobody would fix them, so the people ended up junking their cars. My car is in too good condition to junk it. But can this be fixed, and if so, how much? If you folks give me an idea of the cost, etc, I'll know what to say when the dealer calls me tomorrow with whatever news they have.

If the dealer says it can't be fixed, should I donate the car for a tax deduction, or is it a car that somebody would want to buy?
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:06 PM   #2
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Stupid question: Did you stop refueling the instant the gas filler clicked, or did you attempt to "top off" your tank with an additional half-gallon of gasoline ?

I am guessing that you just overfilled your tank.
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:12 PM   #3
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cant be fixed? heh, you sure are eager to get rid of her! of course it can be fixed!

I assume its either A.) overfill as Jonathan said, or B.) loose/rusted connection, or C.)not gasoline

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Old 05-10-2006, 10:43 PM   #4
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I've done that before. Couldn't figure out why gas was dripping out the bottom of the car at the gas station. That's my guess what happened.

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Stupid question: Did you stop refueling the instant the gas filler clicked, or did you attempt to "top off" your tank with an additional half-gallon of gasoline ?

I am guessing that you just overfilled your tank.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:08 PM   #5
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this happened to me. I bet the plastic that protects the metal tube has collected alot of dirt and grit and water and has rusted a little hole in the metal filler tube.
FIX: get an unrusted tube from the junkyard. spend an hour putting it in.
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:25 AM   #6
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Your evap canister is also back in that area. So if it's not an overfilled tank, or the filler neck to the tank, check the evap canister.
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:48 AM   #7
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It's an overfill.
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Old 05-11-2006, 03:07 PM   #8
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It's an overfill.

I regularly fill the tank, and I never put extra in. If it stops at $29.31, then thats it.

I should have mentioned that I drove over 100 miles after filling up with gas. I didn't have the gas smell at the gas station or anywhere in between, so I don't think the problem was due to having a full tank.


I just heard from the Subaru dealer. They said "the filler neck is rotted all the way through".
The cost of repair is $300+. I told them to fix it. Its not cheap, but its worthwhile (especially compared to a new car payment). I'm happy it can be fixed, because that car has a lot of life left in it. I'm still planning to buy a new car but I had planned to keep the '97 Legacy as an extra car, and now I'll be able to do that.

Thanks to everybody who responded here.
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Old 05-11-2006, 04:18 PM   #9
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Glad you're gettin her fixed...300 is well worth it.
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