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Old 02-20-2003, 03:01 AM   #26
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Nick,

If you haven't already, would you mind posting also here:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=131755

I've directed SOA here. How can something be so obvious and a company so oblivious .

Leaking fuel in an engine compartment seems like something that would get my attention.

Good idea on NHTSA!

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Old 01-08-2004, 04:01 PM   #27
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Bump for this winter
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Old 01-08-2004, 04:59 PM   #28
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This has been blown up recently, but the pics are very helpful. Nice bump, Detroit!
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Old 01-08-2004, 06:51 PM   #29
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Ditto on the thanks for the bump and the pics.

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Old 01-08-2004, 08:03 PM   #30
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I can't take the glory Jon in CT linked to this in the main fuel smell log post. I did this today right after finding out about it and I think it did the trick. You do need a really long #2 Phillips screwdriver though. I had to go out and get one. An $8 screwdriver is cheaper than the minimum $75 for the dealer to look at it.
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Old 01-09-2004, 09:56 AM   #31
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Tightening that clamp worked great for me! I went from smelling the Exxon Valdez through the vents to smelling nothing at all.

As someone posted earlier, it really does make it easier to angle the screwdriver to get to the clamp if you remove the pictured manifold bolt.

Has anyone who performed this fix had the problem recur? I'm reluctant to have the dealer perform the TSB fix, as some have reported that the fuel leak returned even after the fix.
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Old 01-09-2004, 04:43 PM   #32
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If anyone wants to host the pics I have pics of 2 other fuel hose clamps that were loose on my car...
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Old 01-10-2004, 11:06 AM   #33
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If anyone wants to host the pics I have pics of 2 other fuel hose clamps that were loose on my car...
I'll do it, as long as they are jpeg's. Email to: johnzim63@yahoo.com
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Old 01-10-2004, 03:43 PM   #34
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correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe this was only a model 2002 problem, correct?
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Old 01-10-2004, 04:02 PM   #35
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I'll do it, as long as they are jpeg's. Email to: johnzim63@yahoo.com
e-mail sent...pics already labelled and optimized.
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Old 01-11-2004, 02:01 AM   #36
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Well Pittsburgh had its coldest day of the year so far today and guess what!!

My 2002 WRX after JUST getting fixed after an accident and first time I drove it in 2 weeks was smealing of fuel. tommorow I am going to look for this clamp and try to fix it.

Thanks god for NASIOC or I could have died if something happened.

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Old 01-11-2004, 03:21 AM   #37
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I hopped in my WRX in 8 degree weather tonight and caught a whiff of fuel... but I think it was just my imagination. Didn't get it on the ride home.
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Old 01-11-2004, 04:39 AM   #38
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Mine just got real bad tonight 12 degres outside. I opened hood and there was a mist of fuel on all the hoses and other parts, I thought it was dew untill I smelled it. I went through 1/4+ tank of gas in 25 miles on the highway driving 65. Doesn't usually do that.
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Old 01-11-2004, 01:53 PM   #39
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I just watched someone fix this CORRECTLY yesterday. The intake manifold has to come off. its a MAJOR PITA. There is a TSB, if your car is under warranty the dealer will fix this for free.
My car has done it once or twice on VERY cold days, but I have gap coverage insurance, and if it burns, it burns. I want an STI anyway
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Old 01-21-2004, 10:48 AM   #40
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well I hope I can fix this myself as the rails are about the only part of my fuel system thats stock so I don't know if subaru will cover it or not.
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Old 01-21-2004, 04:45 PM   #41
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Just had the same gas leak problem. Subaru dealer in Plattsburgh NY (verry colldd)says they never heard of it. Even after running my VIN with Subaru, he told me there were no Bulletins or Campaigns associated with my car. I had to convince him to get in touch with Subaru to convince him about it. He said it was up to me to pay for the fix. I called Subaru customer service, and they said my Classic warranty will cover the repairs. I asked, what if I could not afford to repair this gas leak, and let it go and the car burned...what then? The rep said that Subaru has no liability for this once my warranty expires. I bet that would change if this were a recall, and not a bulletin!!!

I also informed the rep that the bulletin does not fix all the leaks, and explained to her what other I-Clubbers are experiencing (fuel puddling on manifold on passenger side). She said that's not covered on the bulletin, and will not be fixed by the bulletin. She stated she was "corporate", and would note the problem. I was also told not to believe everything I read on the internet!
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Old 01-21-2004, 10:53 PM   #42
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I also informed the rep that the bulletin does not fix all the leaks, and explained to her what other I-Clubbers are experiencing (fuel puddling on manifold on passenger side). She said that's not covered on the bulletin, and will not be fixed by the bulletin.
Well, that sucks, because that's exactly what I've got. My fuel puddle is at the back, right under (a little to the passenger side) of the throttle body. I can see the hard line, but not the soft line. The screws shown in the pics above don't look like they are anywhere near my leak!?

It's going to the shop tomorrow, so I guess I'll be shelling out about $350.00
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Old 01-22-2004, 03:28 AM   #43
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My friend is getting excactly same thng! His car is at the dealership right now and they told him they have never heard about stuff like that. They will be keeping it though to see if they can find anything.

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Old 01-23-2004, 01:21 PM   #44
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Okay.. here's my question.. upon reading the TSB they replace the metal fuel line with a slightly shorter one and the rubber hose with a slightly longer one...

HOW THE HECK DOES THIS FIX THE LEAK? If the leak is in the connection how does moving the connection pont about an inch make any difference? I would think it woudl still leak unless the whole point of all of it is just to tighten the damn clamps?

Any thoughts anyone?
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Old 01-23-2004, 01:22 PM   #45
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Maybe the rubber hose shrinks in the cold and comes lose?
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Old 01-23-2004, 02:52 PM   #46
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i see 270 posts on the "raw fuel log" thread and countless replies in this thread....

why are you all not reporting it to the NHTSA?!?!?!

i know people on the boards don't mind working on their cars, but if this is a widespread problem, SOA and NHTSA should look into it.

with 10,000+ ( ) views in the other thread, i'm sure a few hundred complaints to NHTSA would prompt SOA to take this more seriously.

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Old 01-23-2004, 03:19 PM   #47
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What model years does this problem affect? From what I am seeing here it seems to be mostly 2002's. I have a 2004 with about 5000 miles on it. Should I be worried.
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Old 01-23-2004, 03:27 PM   #48
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No. It was fixed for your model year.
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Old 01-23-2004, 04:54 PM   #49
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Maybe the rubber hose shrinks in the cold and comes lose?
Yes this is obvious.. my ? remains how does chaning the length of the hose and the steel fuel line fix the leak?
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Yes this is obvious.. my ? remains how does chaning the length of the hose and the steel fuel line fix the leak?
Well Mr. Obvious it's obvious to me that if you have a longer hose it can shrink more before putting any tension on the clamp.
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