Mechanics

GAS TANK OVERFLOWING?

2008 Dodge Nitro • 76,000 miles

I am wondering if anyone has come across this issue yet. My last 5 fillups have resulted in gas erupting from the fill tube after the pump shuts off. I am certain that it is not a pump malfunction or an error on my part. The first couple of times I figured it could have been me, but the last time I was covered in gas from the waist down. According to a dealer I need a new gas tank (800$ish) and it is not covered under my warranties? I have read other complaints about this just from doing a google search. Makes me wonder why gas spraying out of gas tanks wouldnt be a recall issue type of thing, considering this is spread out into different models of dodge as well.
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Csn7203
January 6, 2012.




Sounds like you know what is causing the issue so did you want to replace the tank yourself?Was the 800 including labor or was that just the tank?

Saturntech9
Jan 6, 2012.
Im only guessing but I think the 800 was labor also. Im not sure if I could handle a gas tank change. Im not very mechanically inclined. However, if I can save hundreds I sure would give it a shot.

Tiny
Csn7203
Jan 6, 2012.
Find out how much they want for the tank I found on for 320.85 plus shipping. You would still have to get a fuel pump module seal.

Saturntech9
Jan 7, 2012.
Where did you find that one? I did a quick search and found them 150-400ish. But Really dont know what I need besides a 19 gallon tank? I will call dealer tomorrow and find out what their price is.

Tiny
Csn7203
Jan 10, 2012.
My price was a exact fit brand new factory tank was the ones for those prices exact fits?I found mine on http://www.parts.com
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Saturntech9
Jan 10, 2012.
I have a 2007 Dodge Nitro and have been having the same issues every time I fill up. I've only had the vehicle about two months now but it's always been the same thing of gas spilling out. I have read on other forums where other owners had the same issue - a valve within the tank is faulty and the whole tanks needs replacing. Mine is scheduled for next week and will approximately cost the same. I am not mechanically inclined and will not be replacing the tank myself.
I just spent the morning on the phone with Dodge and apparently this is the first time they have ever heard a problem. Which can't be true; I'm not the first to discover the problem and can't be the first to call. They suggested I call the Dept of Transportation and file a safety complaint and if they get enough, they will issue a recall. While I was on the phone, Dodge did inform me of a wiper recall J28 which I find crazy - seems like a tank spewing gas each time would be a little more hazardous.
Anyway, I suggest calling Dodge 1 800 992-1997 and file under your ownership the problem. All they need is the last 8 digits of your VIN #. I also suggest calling the DOT and filing a safety complaint 1 888 327-4236. Maybe if we get enough, we can receive some sort of compensation.

Tiny
Sarahm_nitroissue
Jan 20, 2012.
Yeah I cant imagine why it hasnt been recalled. The last time it happened to me I was soaked from waste down because of it. Now I fill up at 1/4 a tank and put 14 gallons in to be safe. On the other side of things I did file a complaint with DOT. I will also call dodge soon. I would think something like that would be covered under a warranty but they want to stick me with the bill for it. Eventually Ill have to do it but ill wait til its warmer here.

Tiny
Csn7203
Jan 20, 2012.

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