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Old 09-17-2004, 09:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats wrong with my Z... Gas coming from under the car

Tonight I went to the gas station. I filled up and I was waiting for the gas to stop. I was standing beside the car, and I see gas coming out of the rocker panel, and the side brake vent. The gas didn't overflow at the top of the gas fill area and run onto the fender, rather it came out thru the vent and all underneather the car. It poured probably a 1/2 gallon of gas on the ground, and I looked underneath, and gas was pouring out from the area under the car where each gas tank is.

Is this something that should happen? Or should I go to the dealer tomorrow!
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Old 09-18-2004, 07:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mine did the same thing several times before. I think the gas over filled and went down the little overflow hole around the gas fill outlet. Look at the black rubber/plastic piece around the gas fill...........at the very bottom their is a small overflow hole.
The very first time I filled her up with gas, the pump clicked off at about $.63. I tried to round it off to $.75. When I went to remove the nozzle, a bunch of fuel came back up the fill tube on my Z and did exactly what you were saying. That gas leaked down behind the fender and was coming out at the seam where the fender and rocker panel meet. It must have melted the under coating or something because this black stuff had stained my paint at that seam. I couldn't wipe it off. I ultimately use some car wax and it came off.........no problem!
Now, when I go to the gas station, I run the pump very slow and only try to round it off to the next nickel, not quarter.
Hope my long winded story helps!
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Old 09-18-2004, 08:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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04-06-04-031 1997-2004 Corvette

Vehicle is difficult to fuel or filling station pump shuts off before tank is full Issued:04/22/04

Condition: You may find that when attempting to fill your fuel tank with gas, the pump will shut down before the tank is actually full.

Cause: The condition may be caused by back pressure within the fuel filler hose. This back pressure trips the fuel nozzle prior to filling the tank, or results in a hard to fill condition.

Correction: Replace the fuel tank filler hose with P/N 10353139. This new hose has been redesigned to provide smoother flow conditions within the section.

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Old 09-18-2004, 08:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It L Go - Thanks for that info! I'm new to this site/forum and haven't had enough time yet to search archived threads for nice tid bits like the one you just took the time to share! Been running the juice in slowly to compensate but will now swap-out part.
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Old 09-18-2004, 09:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ahhh thanks so much for the reply, glad to know that this is what is supposed to do when something like that happens. However I will go to the dealer and ask for the new hose. And a new seat adjust assembly (rocking seat again) and new manifold (whistling engine) and CL recall, and consider the oil ring thing, because mine ticks too. But with its flaws come is perks. And that would be the ability to cause a big smile on my face!

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Make sure you give them the number of the TSB. 04-06-04-031 1997-2004 Corvette. Some Dealers aren't to sharp

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hey Paid2DrvZs check other posts on this site, because the engine tick seems to be normal on half the Z's... wouldn't worry about that, the oil ring problem is only for the 01's and maybe a few "early" 02's. peace
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Make sure you give them the number of the TSB. 04-06-04-031 1997-2004 Corvette. Some Dealers aren't to sharp

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Ok, please help me out here. Am I understanding you to say that the factory will replace this hose at their expense? How about installing it? I have been under the assumption that only parts tied to a recall would be replaced. Reading up on TSB's associated with the C-5's/z06's is on the to-do list.
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Old 09-18-2004, 06:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, they (the dealer not the factory) will replace things that go wrong with your car until 36,000 miles or 3 years, which ever comes first. Some things are only covered until 12,000 miles, like the seats. But if there is a TSB, they are covered the whole warranty. I have already had my seat adjusted assembly replaced once, and its time for another. I also want them to replace my manifold with a new one as mine whistles, and this is as well as TSB. So I'll have to add this gas thing to the list of things to be fixed.
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Your probably thinking what planet has this guy been on!

Thanks Paid2DrvZs - This is only the third car that the bride and I have purchased that has a factory warranty! Actually, we've never purchased a brand new car since we were married back in '73. I know, :eek2: but until a few years ago we weren't in the financial position to be buying new cars. Thankfully, I've always been able to do all my own wrench work, so we were comfortable buying used. Also, we tend to keep cars a few years and end up putting the miles on them. Most recently an '89 Sable purchased with 11K in '90 sold last year to a young couple that needed cheap wheels 228K; '86 Prelude purchased with 175k sorry to say laid to rest last September with 278k. Still have our '94 SHO purchsed with 36K and now at 176K and our '96 LandCruiser purchased with 68K and just now just broken in with 146k on the meter!
Bought the brides' with 2K back in November and she's already at 11K.

That said, I have only had a limited experience with warranties so I was surprised to read about that TSB issues can be picked-up by the dealer. To that I can only say : ! I've had a few recall notices on the Taurus and the Sable and had the tranny replaced on the Sable. Other then that I never had reason to be at a dealer service desk.

The Z06 is covered till 2010 or 75k. I wanted to make sure I had it covered until it's paid for and I need the next couple of years to accumulate the tools and knowledge I'll need to work on it myself down the line. This forum is one of my classrooms!
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Thanks for this information, but if there is a leak like this. Isn't it dangerous when you start the car. Is there anychance of an explosion??
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Thanks for this information, but if there is a leak like this. Isn't it dangerous when you start the car. Is there anychance of an explosion??
Well, it seems that its not really a leak, its just the way the overflow is designed. I would say there is a chance for an explosion. I was really scared to get back in the car and start it up! Gas was dripping from the entire underneath of the car. It's a wierd overflow this car has, id rather it just go over the fender like other vehicles.
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