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· Former Escort Owner
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Just a guess, but maybe the gasket around the fuel module? To check it, just lift the back seat cushion and remove the access plate.

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Another guess: My 92 wagon would leak if we filled it. It turned out the large diameter fuel hose from the metal filler neck to the neck of the tank had a split in its side. I probably could have fixed that without dropping the tank, but I dropped the tank to see if the other small diameter hoses (for fuel vapors, etc.) were in good shape. They were.
If yours is leaking while you fill it - it could be that large hose. 'Large' being about 1-1/4" maybe. If it continues to leak with only about 10 gallons on it - that could be a crack somewhere on the tank itself. The tank in my Escort was made of ABS plastic.
I got a new fuel filler hose from a Ford dealer, and now less than 2 years later I can see its beginning to split along its side. So soon I will get a regular chunk of the rubber hose made just for running from filler necks to tanks; Gates makes it I know. It comes in various diameters, and sometimes they only sell it in 3 ft lengths. I have also had to replace such a hose on my 72 Winnebago.
 

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If the leak isn't obvious you may have to drop the tank. I think there was a recall on some plastic tanks. I wouldn't drive it like that, gas fumes and a hot exhaust pipe could be dangerous.
I dropped my tank, replaced the file hose with a new one from Ford, cleaned the pump screen while I was at it, and replaced the lock ring and gasket. Also scraped and treated rust above the tank area.
 

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In the jy's I go into, they often punch holes in the fuel tanks to make sure they are empty. Its a state safety regulation in some places. The only cars with intact fuel tanks are ones that have come into the yard very recently.
If you want to find a jy fuel tank, you should probably go in and talk to them, maybe leave a card with your name, ph # & what you want and are willing to pay for it. Even then, many places choose not to be bothered.
 
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