Hi! Hoping for a little help, here is what I have:
gas dripping from the front "sensor" connected to the front hose of the charcol filter - this has wires connected to it so I am sure fuel shouldn't be going here. Maybe a vacum operated switch?
The "GAS LOW" light is on constantly even though it has plenty of gas. Related? Don't know but this happened less than a week before I saw the gas. The sportage had not been driven since the light problem started.
I opened the gas cap and it was holding back HIGH pressure. It spit gas and lots of vapor out when I opened it. This also stopped the fuel leak.
When the pressure released I heard what sounded like somehting dropping inside the tank "thump"
I am assuming at this point I need a new charcoal filter since I am thinking it is saturated with gas. Might need a new (what ever that thing is connected to the end of the front hose on the charcoal filter. I also see some kind of sensor/switch connected half way up the hose that goes from the charcol filter to the intake.
I don't want to just replace the charcoal filter to find out it was a symptom and not the cause. Could that sensor/switch/valve between the charcold filter and intake be the issue? I am thinking it opens under pressure to let the vapor back to the intake and maybe it is broken so the pressure couldn't go anywhere causing it to be forced out of the other front hose?
Also, what about the "thump" from the tank when I released the pressure. Any idea what that was and does it indicate another issue or is it just due to the pressure build up?
Thank you very much for opinions/ideas/troublshooting steps. This would rank up there as probably the worst mechanical issue I have had with the sportage since it was new.
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