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Hello all,

I recently bought an '85 300CDT that seems to be in reasonable working order, with exception to one fact: the trunk smells like diesel fuel. When I bought the car (2 weeks ago) there wasn't a trace of the smell, but I've since filled the tank up twice and am thinking there may be a leak at the top of the the fuel tank spout. Is there something really dangerous going on here? Or is it just an annoyance that one can live with? Should I just fill the tank up 3/4 full? If something needs to be replaced because I'm in immenent danger, are we talking about a major expense? Any suggestions are appreciated. THANKS!
 

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Fortunately diesel fuel is not as dangerous as gasoline. Diesel will burn but you need mor...

Fortunately diesel fuel is not as dangerous as gasoline. Diesel will burn but you need more than a spark to set it off. I'm not sure how dangerous it could be otherwise other than the fumes may give you a bad headache. It's possible that the hose that the filler neck connects with the tank may have a leak but check in and around the filler door area. There is a small drain line that drains any overfilled fuel. It could be that this is plugged and could be draining back into your trunk.
 
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