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Old 02-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy Gas leaking from fuel line in my Ford Ranger. I really need your help folks!

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I'm in serious need of your help and I don't know any other way to put it. I let my sister borrow my 1995 4 banger Ford Ranger for about a week. To make a long story short, when I drove it home I could smell a really strong gas odor so I pulled into a gas station and noticed gas pouring out of from what looked like the fuel filter area right under the driver's side.

Anyway, it took another 5 gallons to get home and I later crawled under and took a look. It looks like someone grabbed the fuel line and tried to unsuccessfully pull it out of the fuel filter by hand. I could literally see the imprint of the person's hand where they grabbed the line. They had pulled the line so hard that it crimped and split which is why gas was leaking like a water hose.

Anyway, I had my brother take a look and he cut off the splayed section of the fuel line and reconnected it with 8 separate clamps. That worked fine for about 3 days and now the line is leaking again. It's not nearly as bad as before, but it's still a pretty heavy drip. What steps can I take from here to repair my fuel line for good? I'm really in a bind here folks.
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Replace the fuel line

Take it to a shop and have it done right
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As Monkey said, I see 2 options. Either buy the oem line and replace it, or have a shop add a new section of line off the filter. They should be able to flare the tubes and everything necessary to prevent leaks. It leaks because that's a high pressure line not made for house and clamps.
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Would a fuel line repair kit do any good at this point?
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replace the line
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:05 PM   #6
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Replace the line and this a Tacoma forum not a Ranger forum derp!
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Replace the line and this a Tacoma forum not a Ranger forum derp!
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Replace the line and this a Tacoma forum not a Ranger forum derp!
and this is the general automotive section.
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Replace the line and this a Tacoma forum not a Ranger forum derp!
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and this is the general automotive section.
to the op, i would just replace the line like stated above
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and this is the general automotive section.
agreed
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Any idea how much it would cost to replace the entire line? Also, I'm guessing a new fuel line can only be ordered through a dealer, right?
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i would think a hardware store would ? the one i work at does.
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Any idea how much it would cost to replace the entire line? Also, I'm guessing a new fuel line can only be ordered through a dealer, right?
Try Napa , Auto Zone, PepBoys or any other large chain of auto parts supply chain. You can also try finding a ranger of the same generation at a junk yard that you can take
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Try Napa , Auto Zone, PepBoys or any other large chain of auto parts supply chain. You can also try finding a ranger of the same generation at a junk yard that you can take
I would be very cautious about a junk yard. Check the line very very carefully. Rats or anything. I don't know much about fuel lines, but you might be better off having a mechanic change it. You would have to discharged it I believe, and if you mess up, you don't want to deal with leaking gas, in addition to a $100 tow to a shop.
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Oh lol I just watched a video on replacing the fuel filter on a ranger and it looks like they use rubber hoses instead of metal lines like a Taco. Ghey and cheap. If yours has rubber, I guess you could get one of these kits and try it. http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...cid=productads
Just do a good job of clamping it tight.
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I would be very cautious about a junk yard. Check the line very very carefully. Rats or anything. I don't know much about fuel lines, but you might be better off having a mechanic change it. You would have to discharged it I believe, and if you mess up, you don't want to deal with leaking gas, in addition to a $100 tow to a shop.
Don't know for other states but in California all junkyards are required to dispose of all fluids from the vehicle before its available to the public. Including the fuel and AC systems. And for his year ranger its hard line up to and after the fuel filter fitting..the fittings are hard plastic with clips

Edit: didn't know what you meant about discharging the line untill now..doesn't matter now if its leaking, pretty much discharging with it leaking
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Oh lol I just watched a video on replacing the fuel filter on a ranger and it looks like they use rubber hoses instead of metal lines like a Taco. Ghey and cheap. If yours has rubber, I guess you could get one of these kits and try it. http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...cid=productads
Just do a good job of clamping it tight.
That's the exact kit that I just bought at Advance for $22.00. At this point I'm just waiting for my brother to come over and install it for me. If this doesn't work then I'm screwed. I asked this same question to a Ford mechanic on another forum and he said that Ford doesn't even sell the entire replacement fuel line as they almost never go bad and he also gave me a link to the Dorman repair kit. He said that it's basically the "official" repair kit for Ford fuel lines and that it's OE (original equipment). I'll keep you guys posted as to how this works out.
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I'm not sure if anyone still cares, but here's a quick update anyway. My brother installed the kit on Monday and so far I haven't seen any leaks as of yet so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. My Ranger has over 300,000 miles and every single thing on the truck is original except the EGR valve, thermostat and heater control valve. You know that old saying "drive it until the wheels fall off"? Well, that's pretty much the motto I stick to. That is even though the old tired truck is barely making 75 HP these days if I'm lucky and that's no joke folks. It takes me over one mile just to get up to 55 mph, but at least she runs.
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Glad it worked out for you. Probably quite a bit cheaper than getting new lines custom fabbed.
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