Common Volkswagen Fuel System Problems

  1. Atlas Fuel Injector Leak

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into leaky fuel injectors in the 2018-2020 VW Atlas. The investigation was opened after owners reported smelling gas in their vehicles and seeing fuel leaking from the engine com…

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Where Fuel System Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Volkswagen Owners Say About Their Fuel System

Does the 2018-2020 Atlas Have Leaky Fuel Injectors?

We got our Atlas 12 months ago in December 2018. The check engine light came on a few weeks ago, so we took the car in. The dealer claims that we got a batch of bad gas that ruined the fuel injectors which they now recommend replacing for $2500. I'm very skeptical of the bad gas claim, since the dealer doesn't offer any evidence to support the claim and Shell denies it. Seems like an obvious ploy by VW to get us to pay for an expensive repair on a 1 year old vehicle.

Atlas Owner

Does the 2018-2020 Atlas Have Leaky Fuel Injectors?

Fuel injector cracked at 21k miles while on the highway. Fuel was spewing all over the engine and ground. There was a burning smell and loud winding noise as well. Also loss of power and acceleration. Had just enough power to get off of the highway. Was very worried. Possible fire risk

2019 Atlas Owner

Does the 2018-2020 Atlas Have Leaky Fuel Injectors?

Started the car to come home from the park 2 miles away from home and halfway home the car started cutting out, had very limited power, epc light came on followed shortly by the engine light and a fuel smell. Shut the vehicle off and restarted it while someone was looking in the engine compartment. It was immediately seen that a massive amount of fuel was dumping from the fuel rail/injector area at the front of the engine.

2019 Atlas Owner

Recent Fuel System News

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  1. A defective quick connector might allow fuel supply lines to detatch from the engine of over 500 Golf R cars.

    Volkswagen is recalling the cars because when detached, the lines stop supplying fuel to the crankshaft (very important) and start depositing it onto hot engine surfaces (very dangerous).

    The same connectors are being recalled in the Audi A3 and TT. Maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board on this quick connector design?

    keep reading article "Quick Connecters Are Allowing Fuel Lines to Detach"
  2. Volkswagen is recalling 21,000 Touaregs because failing fuel filter flanges are causing fires.

    Yikes, and I thought Touareg was hard to say.

    "Investigators found that with time, oxidization can ... allow the components to intrude into the fuel filter flange material under pressure from the inside. In addition to the pressure, tension can cause the formation of small cracks where the fuel will eventually leak."

    Owners will either be given new fuel filter flanges or protective covers.

    keep reading article "Touareg Tongue Twister Recall"
  3. Natural gas explosions are nothing to sneeze at. Especially if sneezing is what prompts the explosion.

    About 6,000 Volkswagen Touran vehicles are recalled worldwide to replace gas tanks that can explode due to corrosion. The 2006-2009 Touran minivans have front compressed natural gas bottles that can burst.

    VW says the minivans should be driven using only gasoline until they can be repaired. Makes sense.

    keep reading article "Touran Recalled for Natural Gas Explosions"
  4. Manufacturers can sometimes drag their feet when it comes to issuing recalls.

    But whenever there's reports of fuel leaking out of cars they start to move like someone lit a fire under their butt. That's because, well ... there might actually be real fires soon.

    Last week Volkswagen -- parent company of Audi -- recalled 26,000 cars for fuel injectors that leak. Just a couple days later they expanded that recall to include an additional 45,000 cars.

    Owners had been complaining about the smell of gas inside the cabin. VW traced the issue to a bad soldering job where the sealing cap meets the fuel rail and blames the problem on their supplier. Looks like someone's getting grounded.

    For more information about the problem and the range of manufacturing dates this affects, visit VW owners with specific questions can contact customer service at 800-822-8987 and give them recall number 24BL. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and reference recall 24AP.

    keep reading article "Gas Leaks Prompt Recall"
  5. **VW

    is pulling back 151,000 Tiguans for gas bubble problems. My wife is wondering if they can include me in the recall as well. VW says it's possible for gas bubbles to form in the fuel system when winterized fuel with high vapor pressures is used in warmer temperatures. The bubbles can also occur if the Tiguan is restarted soon after being shut off with a hot engine. Bubbles in your car's gas is worse than bubbles out your own ... nevermind ... just know that you want to get rid of them to avoid things like an engine misfire.

    Additionally, the fuel pump can experience pressure problems because of a degraded electrical current which can lead to the engine stalling.

    151,000 model year 2009-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs.

    keep reading article "Gas Bubble Recall"