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Old 02-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #3201
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Your vehicle still can be covered being there is a warranty EXTENSION for those that are not in those listed states. The dealer doesn't even have to duplicate the concern. However, the extension is for like 12 years IIRC.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:52 PM   #3202
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My car doesn't qualify for the recall because it's not "currently registered in states within NOAA Climate Zone 1."

Yet it falls into the VIN range and I always get a strong gas smell whenever it's cold. Sometimes it's almost too strong that I've had to roll down the windows in freezing weather.

I'm going in for the lower front control arm's recall and going to see if I can pressure the dealer.
I just got my 02 back from the dealer after having this problem. It was fully covered under the recall and my car was not in the climate zone or in the VIN range. Have you called SOA or any of the dealers close to you?
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:20 AM   #3203
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Not regarding this, I spoke directly to Subaru last year and they told me I wasn't covered for this recall(just some service desk lady). However, I didn't know their was an extension back then to vehicles outside of the Zone 1.

I fully intend to get this addressed along with my other recall tomorrow. It's a good thing I looked at this again now because my vehicle was one of the first-delivered batches of 2002's and if I waited till next month it would've been too late!
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:05 PM   #3204
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I had my fuel system repair done when the TSB was originally announced, fuel smell returned once and they tightened the fuel line clamps and just last week they did the TSB recommended repair again when the smell came back. This is on a Maryland car purchased may 2001.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:44 PM   #3205
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My 02 first had the fuel smell issue in December 2004. Had it fixed under warranty in 2005 or 2006 (Dealer had to reproduce smell which took some coordination with leaving car overnight on a cold enough night). All was well until December 2011 when it reappeared. Had it fixed under the extension no questions asked.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:57 PM   #3206
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Great thread. I had this done to my '03 WRX this past week and no more disgusting fuel smell! Dealer did it all under warranty. The links to the bulletin helped for sure.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:41 AM   #3207
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I've never had raw fuel smell in the car but an awful smell when starting in the cold. Almost as if the car was running wicked rich. Sometimes I get some smoke with that too.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:18 AM   #3208
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Got mine fixed a few weeks ago under the extended warranty. No problems/smell since then, until the weather started warming up. Went to turn on my A/C and no cold air. That's when I remembered the paperwork noted how much "freon" my a/c system had. Thought it might have jut been low so I went to top it off and when I did, refrigerant started spraying out the side of the compressor where the low pressure line bolts on.

Basically, my question is, when they perform this repair, do they have to take off a/c lines to remove the intake manifold?

Thanks NASIOC and all the members who have contributed to this thread, without it, I may have never known about the service bulletin being turned into a recall/extended warranty. Got this long time issue fixed no questions asked.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:56 PM   #3209
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I started getting the raw fuel smell this winter. Hopefully tightening down the clamps fix this issue.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:35 PM   #3210
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I started getting the raw fuel smell this winter. Hopefully tightening down the clamps fix this issue.
If you have a WRX you cannot access the clamps without removing the intake manifold.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:52 PM   #3211
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If you have a WRX you cannot access the clamps without removing the intake manifold.
Looks like I have a nice weekend project then
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:53 AM   #3212
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Looks like I have a nice weekend project then
Be sure to pickup the IM gasket before you attempt it and be ready to break a ton of little hoses/nipples and anything else that's brittle.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #3213
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bump.

Any reported cases of this happening on 08+ ?
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:15 AM   #3214
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strong fuel smell in cabin at idle while blower fan is on.

I notice it mostly when the windows are closed. But if idling for approx 3-5 minutes with windows open, I smell it.

going to dealer for it
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:59 AM   #3215
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Has nothing to do with the remedy as an outcome to this thread, but you could have other issues possibly similar. Fuel line clamps maybe?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:36 PM   #3216
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I'm having the fuel issue were its leaking under the intake manifold. I went to the dealership and apparently its not covered by warranty because my car is not registered in climate zone 1. Does anyone know anyway around this?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #3217
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I'm having the fuel issue were its leaking under the intake manifold. I went to the dealership and apparently its not covered by warranty because my car is not registered in climate zone 1. Does anyone know anyway around this?
Depends on what car you have.

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs...9V468-1307.pdf
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:26 AM   #3218
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #3219
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hi

i have face this kind of problem many times and i have seen fuel staining on the manfold and its looking little yellow and that the connector seemed moist. its create any problem.?
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:29 PM   #3220
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Went to the dealership and apparently I'm 4 months out of warranty. SOA had me make an appointment at the dealership so they can cold start my wrx and diagnose the issue. I really hope they can cover me!!!
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:15 AM   #3221
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I have a 2004 WRX had the same raw fuel issue yesterday. 18* F when I was warming up my car. A couple hours in my buddies garage last night and a silicone inlet removal later (didn't need to remove intake manifold) I was tightening clamps and fixed the problem. Details below.

Problem:
Wrote it off at first maybe due to such a cold start. After it warmed up drove it down the street and got a nice whiff of fuel again. Decided I would rather be later for work and check on things. Popped the hood and raw fuel smell was strongest around the above the left alternator area.

Took a different car to work called SOA they said it wasn't eligible.

Fix:
Tighten clamps under intake inlet. Two of my clamps were upside down. I turned one up and was able to tighten it on the middle left and the front right I turned to get to the screw head loosened and used a regular worm clamp in its place. If I just tightened that one when it was upright it would have pushed against the block. I had to loosen a bolt to get enough clearance to flip the front one.

Tools I used: long (med head)Philips, long (large and med)Flathead, long 90* pliers
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:22 PM   #3222
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This is the third winter with the new motor and I just had a frosty morning complete with a raw fuel smell.

It's never done it before, did not persist at all, and I haven't had it since so I'm hoping it was a one-time issue.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:20 PM   #3223
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The fuel smell is happening with my 04 RS when it's -10*C (14*F) or colder.
Can anyone chime in on whether the parts listed in the service bulletin (WVK21 Repair Kit - 10130AA000) is compatible with the 04 Naturally Aspirated?
The components listed under that kit are:
Pipe CP-Fuel RTN: 17544AA135 (1)
HOSE-7.5 X 13.5 X 94: 807707140 (1)
GSKT-INT MANIF: 14035AA421 (2)
HOSE-7.5 X 13.5 X 64: 807707130 (2)

As of right now, I think I've only been able to match up 807707130 hoses. I found a couple different part numbers for the intake manifold gaskets (14035AA471 and 14035AA383). Not sure if Subaru just revised or updated the numbers if they are the same gasket still.
This is going through Subaru Genuine Parts and Opposed Forces parts diagrams and numbers.
I've yet to locate the first two items on that list using the diagrams.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:59 PM   #3224
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I have a 2004 WRX had the same raw fuel issue yesterday. 18* F when I was warming up my car. A couple hours in my buddies garage last night and a silicone inlet removal later (didn't need to remove intake manifold) I was tightening clamps and fixed the problem. Details below.

Problem:
Wrote it off at first maybe due to such a cold start. After it warmed up drove it down the street and got a nice whiff of fuel again. Decided I would rather be later for work and check on things. Popped the hood and raw fuel smell was strongest around the above the left alternator area.

Took a different car to work called SOA they said it wasn't eligible.

Fix:
Tighten clamps under intake inlet. Two of my clamps were upside down. I turned one up and was able to tighten it on the middle left and the front right I turned to get to the screw head loosened and used a regular worm clamp in its place. If I just tightened that one when it was upright it would have pushed against the block. I had to loosen a bolt to get enough clearance to flip the front one.

Tools I used: long (med head)Philips, long (large and med)Flathead, long 90* pliers
Do you think it would be possible to rotate that loose hose clamp with a stock inlet?
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:56 AM   #3225
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That raw fuel smell is due to a seal that is leaking in the fuel lines...even though its a scary smell to smell its harmless to Ur vehicle and it won't catch fire. However the smell is overpowering at times .....there should be a TSB on it so I would contact Ur local dealer...*tech*
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