Read this discussion on the volvo fuel tank leak.
A compromised flange may leak fuel and/or result in a fire. Owners are instructed to bring their vehicles into the dealer for inspection. If the part is defective, Volvo will replaced it with modified flange at no charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in January 2010.
MVS Forum Member stone36 asks:
Unfortunately this started leak hapening about months 6 after they fixed the recal… I still think they may have botched it, do you know if these seals or whatever they replace are available aftermarket?
MVS Forum Member farupp says:
This discussion is very interesting to me. Here is my experience:
Two days ago I took my ’96 850 turbo wagon to the dealer for the same fuel tank leak problem. When I filled the tank, fuel would run out of what appeared to be the filler tube. In reality the hose on top of the tank was cracked and leaking. The leaked slowed as the fuel level in the tank dropped. The technician looked at it and said that the cracked hose is not unusual. Question: Could this hose have been replaced by removing the plate under the rear seat to get at the top of the tank?
The total cost to replace the hose was $425! When I asked about the cost, the service advisor said the job takes four hours as the tank needs to be dropped to get to the hose. I asked about the recall and he said it was not for leaks, it was to replace the pads that keep the tank from rubbing on the body and frame, and that it was not related to the problem in any way.
However, it took the technician only two hours to do the whole job. When I asked the advisor about that he said that they use the Volvo Flat Rate guide and that is what they charge, no matter how much time the repair takes. He said it was for “my protection.” The labor charge was $380 (3.9 hours per the
MVS Forum Member dasapir added:
I replaced this hose on the top of my fuel tank and it was one difficult job. I dropped the tank when it was almost empty. the tank is rather light and does not need much in the way of support. However access was a devil. I did not think of access from the access panel under the seat, but i do not think it possible.
The exact part for the hose I replaced on my 98 S70 I will try to find, but I ordered it from my dealer, since I could not find it online. Do not order the clips, even though the dealer convinced me to do so, since any hose clamps will work, only that you will need a smaller and larger one for the 2 different diameters. I think the job took me 3 full curse-filled hours. Didn’t fix the problem of the smell of gas fumes when the tank is full, though. I have yet to find a leak or what is causing the smell. And the rubber gasket between the filler tube and the tank is okay and a very do-able fix, especially when the tank is dropped.