92 Voyager possible gas leak

Tiny
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Our 92 Voyager, 146k miles, is not LATCH-equipped for the new carseats I purchased.

LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers which basically means the car has an anchor for the carseat tether to be hooked to, to increase the safety factor of the carseats.

Daimler Chrysler Corp. Installs these anchors in older cars, free of charge so I took my van to the local dealership today to have the hardware installed.

Upon returning home I detected a gasoline smell and investigated the area I thought it was coming from.

I discovered an X-shaped cut in the carpeting behind my daughter's seat, where I'd initially asked one of the anchors to be installed.

The technician said he couldn't install it there, as the gas tank was on that side of the vehicle so I asked him to install it in a safe area, which he did.

From where I'm sitting, it looks like the tech did an "Oops!" And drilled the hole above the gas tank as there is now a bolt holding down a patch of rubber in that spot and the smell of gasoline.

I'm waiting to hear back from the Service Dept, but I'm posting here to confirm or deny my suspicion that what the tech did is not an acceptable industry standard of managing this problem? Anyone?

Thanks!
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 AT 2:59 PM

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Tiny
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Well he was hesistant at the begining-attempted to do the job, miscued, try to hide it, now he has to pay. Poor fella. He did his best but his best wasn't good enough.
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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 AT 8:54 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for responding rasmataz. I dropped it off this morning so they can check it and see if they'll need to replace the fuel tank.

I'm not having very charitable thoughts about the tech!
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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 AT 9:20 AM
Tiny
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The dealership replaced the fuel tank and I know have it back.

Does anyone know if it's "normal" to still smell fuel? I drove to the store this evening and upon exiting the van I could smell it strongly on the passenger side.

We can't see any leakage onto the ground.

Thanks!
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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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Go back and tell them to check out your entire evaporative system-from the charcoal canister to the fuel tank.

Good Luck
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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 AT 6:28 PM
Tiny
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I was afraid of that.

Is the car unsafe to drive until they take care of it?

Thanks.
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Friday, April 27th, 2007 AT 1:12 PM
Tiny
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You won't get heart attack from it read below:

EVAP SYSTEM

Evaporative emissions from the fuel system (fuel vapors) The one you smelling, if there's no actual leaking are trapped and store in a charcoal canister. Later, a purge valve opens allowing the vapors to be sucked into the engine and reburned. The EVAP system usually requires no maintenance. The fuel filler cap is also part of the EVAP system, and is designed to keep fuel vapors from escaping into the atmosphere. A leaky or missing fuel filler cap may cause a vehicle to fail an emissions test.

Could be the purging valve Inop.

Good Luck
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Friday, April 27th, 2007 AT 4:02 PM
Tiny
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From the Service Dept. Report: Found fuel fill neck leaking at tank grommet.

Grommet had been incorrectly installed.

So, the same tech that had punctured my tank the first day, did the work installing the new tank the next day and still got it wrong!

The Service Dept Mgr assured me that a Shop Foreman would do the work on this final (I hope!) Repair.

At any rate, it's not smelling like fuel anymore!

Thanks for all your help!
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 AT 11:17 AM

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