blue fluid leaking onto the wheel pant through air intake drain

blue fluid leaking onto the wheel pant through air intake drain

We have a 2002 Cessna 182T that after being shut down began dripping a blue fluid (appears to be fuel) onto the nose wheel pant from the drain that comes from the air intake. What causes this? Is the leakage cause for concern and how can it be avoided?

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Re: blue fluid leaking onto the wheel pant through air intake drain

Hi Melanie;

Just my two cents worth as I don't own a 182 (just 20 or so hours in a rental), but I would think that any fuel leak is cause for concern.  Blue fluid is almost certainly fuel.  Since the 2002 182 is fuel injected it could be leaking from one of the fuel lines that runs to the injectors, which are pressurized when the fuel pump is on. If that is the case then the fuel is probably running down the outside of the engine and dripping off of the air intake when you shut down the engine until the pressure is gone. One concern of course is whether it is also leaking while the engine is operating.

If you don't see any fuel running down the outside, it might be that fuel is leaking from an injector and is running down inside the intake manifold to the air intake drain. Either way you will want to have a mechanic check it out as having dripping fuel and fuel vapors inside of a hot engine cowling is a potential fire hazard.

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