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Old 04-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Fuel smell in cabin while hot outside

Its in the 90's today and this afternoon a raw fuel smell is strong in cabin. I have read about the hose and clamp repair that seems to be the fix, but most notice the odor when it is cold, Is there something else I should check. I am many miles from a dealership and if I can check a few things first that would be great. Raw fuel smell and 100 miles to dealership makes for a very long drive. thanks
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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Try replacing the rubber hoses for the fuel lines first. If that doesn't work, then it's the hard lines.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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are referring to the hoses from the filter to the hard lines?
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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I would call the dealer and explain to them the issue. If you are smelling it while it's hot out, it means it's leaking really bad. Tell them you are afraid to drive the car, and see if they will pick up the tab for hauling your car the 100miles to the shop. After all, it's not your fault the car has a defect.

Also, attempting to fix it yourself MIGHT cause the dealer to deny the recall claim (I don't know if they can, but dealers can be sneaky). If they will pick up the car, why not let them do it?
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:06 AM   #5
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Just to update, I started the car today and no odor as of yet. Took it to the local mechanic and he thinks it may be in the emission system since I sometimes smell gas when filling up the car.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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Have you modded the fuel pump at all? When my pump got changed, the mechanic didn't put the gasket down perfectly on the tank access hatch in the trunk and fuel smell would slowly seep into the cabin on very hot days.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:45 PM   #7
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If you're smelling the fuel really bad at fill-ups, I would check the hoses at the charcoal canister. I had an emissions leak caused by a cracked hose on the canister vent valve allowing the vapors to leak out and sometimes cause the fuel smell at fill up or on cold starts.
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