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.
Current: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Summit 4x4, V6
Brilliant White / Grand Canyon Jeep Brown
Delivery May 4, 2013