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Not Happy Fuel tank leak - is this common?

I have a Brera 2.4 JDTM

Yesterday it smelt a bit dieselly at first, and then after 5 miles driving I noticed smoke at the rear. No warning lights though. Then realised the rear window was misting up...washed it, was still smeary...and then the car conked out with the engine light on.

The RAC man discovered that the fuel pipe from the top of the diesel pump - which resides below and between the 2 rear seats and necessitated complete dismantling of the rear console - had fallen off and i had therefore pumped diesel all over the tank and the road and it tuned out that the car had conked out simply because it was out of fuel. (My diesel, luckily not a full tank, is on the layby on the A1). He was able to refit the pipe and the clips were sound.

My questions are - has anyone else had this happen or am I just unlucky?
Also what could have caused this to happen? and is it likely to recur?
Any tips on getting rid of the smell (I've cleaned it and opened the windows)

I have had the car from new and it's 5 years (51k) and never had any work done "down there" - Could it really have been like that from new?
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Never heard of this on an Alfa and a few years since I've seen it on other makes. I'm assuming it's the pipe that is attached to the pump tube. Did the RAC man say whether it was loose or just pulled off? My worry would be that it wasn't loose and you haven't found the reason for it coming off (excess pressure?)

There was a spate of VW vans losing their pipes at the engine end but that was because the tolerance of the fit was designed wrongly. Unfortunately, these were close to the exhaust!
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Wave if this was common ?? there would be a safety recall

I have never heard of this ever on any make of car as a common fault! pipes can come off / split / get dammaged but it is rare!

I would get Alfa dealer / reputable Alfa specialist or a bosh fuel injection service centre to check it out and then if its all ok forget about it unless you were born on the 13th of the 13th and 13:13 lol.

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Thanks. It is underneath/well buried under the seat/on top of the tank so it simply couldn't have been pulled off and RAC man said it was a tight fit... If excess pressure what would cause that?
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