How Do You Know If a Gas Tank Has Been Vandalized?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 15, 2020 1:25:40 PM ET

If a car's gas tank is vandalized by someone adding water, salt or sugar to it, the engine may sputter, hesitate, knock or lose power. Water may also cause the exhaust to be tinged white. If the vehicle's fuel lines or gas tank show signs of premature rust, or if you detect a chlorine smell around the car, vandals may have added bleach to the fuel tank.