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Old 03-01-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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I know that I have been asking alot of questions but please bear with me, i am quickly learning this car.

i have noticed that when i put the car in the garage, the house and garage quickly fill up with a very strong fuel odor. i have to open a window or the door in the garage to get rid of it. but as long as the garage is sealed up it gets worse. kind of defeats the purpose of heated garage when it is left open. Is there any common problems that cause this?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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Have Conti Subaru run your VIN and check for the fuel rail recall. your WRX is in the range that recall was applied too.

Unless you have aftermarket fuel rails under the intake manifold or swapped injectors. might have a bad injector seal. Or check your fuel lines at the fuel filter under the hood. I've seen a bad clamp cause a small fuel leak.

Sounds like my first guess though.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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I have smelled around "lol" and cannot seem to trace it down. the smell in the garage is STRONG. the injectors are after market DW650's but i dont smell or see any raw fuel around the injectors
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:47 PM   #4
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Subaru had a recall on the fuel line a couple years ago. They contacted me through the DMV 7 years after I bought the car, long after the warranty was expired …to have it fixed for free.

They have an updated rubber hose that doesn't shrink as badly in cold temps and over time.

It is worth a look, trust me. I had the same issue.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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Do you have an aftermarket fuel pump? bad seal around the fuel tank where the pump sits?

just suggestions from experience
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:06 PM   #6
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Check evap lines.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:19 PM   #7
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Do you have an aftermarket fuel pump? bad seal around the fuel tank where the pump sits?

just suggestions from experience
If the seal isn't set correctly after a few drive cycles it should throw a cel for a evap code I think,

Check the seal and all the evap lines under the rear of the car see if any are cracked or possible popped off some how
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:36 PM   #8
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Had the same problem right before I tore my car apart. I couldn't find where it was so I popped the hood and turned it on and I had a fountain of gas coming from the fuel rail. I thought I was getting really really really bad gas mileage.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:07 AM   #9
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I had an issue with the rubber hose that connected the fuel rails leaking, cause a puddle of fuel on top of the block on the driver side, the hose is easy to see and the leak itself could be too.

If this isn't an Alaska car, in the rust belt it is very common for the fuel neck to rust out by the bend where it goes under the frame rails. This usually causes a p0340? code
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #10
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I had the fuel smell problem when my car was left out in the cold. It was the fuel rail recall. I purchased the parts and did the work myself to replace it. After that they did the recall fix. Conti reimbursed me for the parts. If you can get the dealer to do it under the recall I would go that route. Kind of a pain in the rear to do.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:58 PM   #11
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I forgot I also had replaced my fuel pump and f'd up the gasket in the process. Car would smell like gas near the passenger wheel well as the fuel was washing down the side of the tank when full. New gasket fixed it.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:41 AM   #12
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Ok so I got off my lazy @$$ and went through the car. I took off the rear panel (over the fuel pump) and Im pretty sure I found the problem..When they put in the walbro fuel pump they managed to overtighten the nuts and broke off 3 studs. So now I have to pull the seat (have no clue how yet LOL) pull the pump and extract the studs. Yay for me
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