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Major fuel leak

I have had my 2014 JGC for about a year and have driven about 15K miles. All highway and city driving, nothing rough or off road.

I had a very troubling incident yesterday. I had driven to work without any problem, but on the drive home noticed a fuel odor. I initially thought it was something outside, but then noticed that the accelerator was struggling in low gear, like it was not getting enough fuel. I was near the Jeep dealership so drove straight there (less than 2 miles). When I got there, I parked in the lot and could see that it was leaking lots of fuel. The service department drove it into the shop. The enclosed photo shows the magnitude of the leak after a couple of minutes. This is all fuel, not water. This definitely had their attention, and I realized how foolish it was for me to drive even a couple of miles. I feel very fortunate that I was not injured.

The problem was with the fuel jumper line from the rail to transfer line. The tech showed me the line. The line connections are held in place with a plastic clip. The clip is supposed to lock in place. One of the clips came undone and would not relock. They got the part and replaced this morning. Unfortunately, the entire engine bay was soaked with fuel and my Jeep now reeks. They did their best to clean it up, but I fear that fuel got into the ventilation system. We'll see after a few days of airing out and driving.

The tech said they had never seen this before and that the connection assembly was new on the 2014. I know that any part can fail, but I am concerned that this is a design flaw. We take reliability for granted, but I will never fully trust this vehicle on a road trip.

I plan to contact Jeep directly. They need to seriously look into this.
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Re: Major fuel leak

WOW!? Good thing you are safe and not injured. A couple of questions:
1) Have you taken the car off-road?
2) Do you have an off-road package with undercarriage "armor"?
3) Do you live in an area with temperature extremes?

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Re: Major fuel leak

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WOW!? Good thing you are safe and not injured. A couple of questions:
1) Have you taken the car off-road?
2) Do you have an off-road package with undercarriage "armor"?
3) Do you live in an area with temperature extremes?

Tks.
1) I have never taken the car off-road. Not even a gravel road. Never driven over curbs. There was nothing unusual about my driving the past few days.

2) I don't have an off-road package (it is a standard Summit package).

3) I live in the Chicago area. Definitely temperature extremes. The past week we have had our first warm days of the year after a record cold winter. However, I keep it in a garage at home and in an enclosed parking garage at work.

I am remembering a few days earlier this year when I faintly smelled gas in my garage in the morning. I thought it was my snowblower, cans of gas or my other older vehicle (even had the other vehicle checked). I disposed of all the gas and did not notice a recurrence. I wonder if the plastic clip failed in the extreme cold weather and it took this long for the connection to come more fully unseated. It did not completely unseat since I could still drive the car.
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Re: Major fuel leak

How scary! I think you lucked out not having a fire start.

Jeep and its clip supplier had better hope this is an isolated incident.
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Re: Major fuel leak

Glad you weren't hurt in any way.

I'd guess if it was a design flaw we would have heard about a bunch more of these. A lot of us have had '14s on the road for over a year.

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