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Old 12-02-2004, 08:05 PM   #376
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After a few days of smelling fuel and finding this fourm I took my car into the dealer. At first they said they could not find the leak. So we left the car overnight at the dealership. I went in the next morning. It was about 19 degrees that morning. Went with the mechanic to start the car. We started the car and popped the hood. As soon as he started looking he smelled fuel. He looked some more and actually found 2 leaks!! Both of them were from small rubber hoses. One was barely leaking and the other was pooling ontop of the intake manifold!! He told me that they would have to remove the whole intake manifold to get to the 2 stupid little hoses and to top it off the clamps that were on the hoses were facing backwards!! so we couldn't even try to tighten them. Now on my 2nd day without my Roo they got parts in and are going to try to finish replacing the hoses tonight. Thank god for the added security. It covered it all no questions asked. I will try to take some pics when I get it back.
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Old 12-13-2004, 08:10 PM   #377
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Arrgh now I got this, I was able to tighten one of the clamps, I'll see if it does it again.
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Old 12-14-2004, 12:07 AM   #378
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I had this problem too last winter. It sucked, but I got it covered under warranty thankfully. Here's something to print out when you bring it to your dealership.


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Old 12-14-2004, 08:50 PM   #379
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Arrgh now I got this, I was able to tighten one of the clamps, I'll see if it does it again.
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Damn it still does it, looks like I may have to go to the dealer, I don't wanna pull the manifold myself...
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Old 12-15-2004, 10:36 AM   #380
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I had this repair done under warranty last February, but the smell is back now, and very heavy. I had my REX back to the dealer once, andleft the car overnite, but was told no smell was detected. All I can say is it's much colder here now (19F), and the smell was nealry overpowering. I closed the vent and opened the windows. I have to contact the dealer again this morning. **sigh**
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Old 12-15-2004, 10:46 AM   #381
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For those who have done it, how difficult is removing the manifold? My car is well out of warranty and while I'll check with my dealership about getting this fixed for gratis, I don't expect them to be too accomodating.
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Old 12-15-2004, 11:38 AM   #382
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I just experienced this yesterday for the first time. My '02 is still under factory 3/36 so I had it towed to the dealership. Glad to hear there's a Subaru bulletin so I shouldn't have to fight with them!!
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Old 12-15-2004, 12:25 PM   #383
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REmoving the manifold is cake. All you need is hand tools. I say Just put in new fuel rails w/ss lines and be done with it. SOA will try and screw you anyway they can, might as well do it right yourself.
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Old 12-15-2004, 12:30 PM   #384
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Sounds like an interesting idea... is there a fuel lines kit somewhere perchance for the WRX, or would they have to be custom made?
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:25 PM   #385
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Perrin Fuel rails are the most readily available and they will greatly improve your fuel delivery over the stock system which tends to starve #3. If its just lines you want the yes you would have to have them made. The Perrin system is Excellent, easy to install and well worth it.

APS also makes an aftermaket system but it is much more involved and a bit more expensive. The perrins are good to at least 350hp fueling on the wrx.
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Old 12-16-2004, 10:44 AM   #386
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Well got a call from the dealership last night...
They are ordering parts & I'll have the car back no later then Monday!! ALL COVERED UNDER WARRANTY!!!!! They are also replacing the radiator due to a possible crack/leak & doing the last "bolt" recall.
My car is lightly moded w/ a K&N drop-in & Cobb cat-back... for now
Thank you all for your input into this thread!!

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Old 12-16-2004, 08:20 PM   #387
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I had this repair done under warranty last February, but the smell is back now, and very heavy. I had my REX back to the dealer once, andleft the car overnite, but was told no smell was detected. All I can say is it's much colder here now (19F), and the smell was nealry overpowering. I closed the vent and opened the windows. I have to contact the dealer again this morning. **sigh**
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Update. The car went into the shop yesterday morning, me dropping it off. This time I got a phone call from the dealer this morning, and sure enough the tech smelled raw fuel. It's seems the fuel was leaking at the rubber hose that was replaced last February. The car was ready this afternoon, but I'll pick it up tomorrow. The service tech will test-drive the car again before I come get it, just to be certain of the repair. I wonder if Subaru shouldn't design a better line for this problem, and I'm curious if the smell will return.

All in all, kudos to the dealer (Beechmont Subaru) for repairing the leak at no cost to me, with the car being out of warranty. I hope this is the last of my fuel-smelly episodes with this car.
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Old 12-20-2004, 01:34 AM   #388
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this is just wonderful. my parents are pissed off at me, thinking that me installing crap on the car made the fuel leak (that and they won't listen to me telling them that i'm not the only one with this problem). so now i'll have to get this fixed, being well out of warranty... the pics dont seem to be working, can anyone host them please?

also, if anyone has fixed this by themselves, could you please post the procedure for the fix? i am so clueless!!!

p.s. it says in the letter that the hose needs to be shortened 30mm.. if i simply cut 3cm off, can any one forsee a problem occuring?

thanks,
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Old 12-20-2004, 02:10 AM   #389
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logging myself into this thread as I have the leaking gas problem now to.

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bought used.

first noticed gas smell 3 days ago early am about 30f outside not to cold but cold.I started car with remote starter came out to go to work & smelled raw gas from car.I opened the hood & I can smell raw gas from pass side of motor.

A couple days went by no gas smell,"I have been parking the wagon in the garage".I thought in some way it was a fluke but went & seen a movie friday night.I remote started from inside theater to come out to a warm car but we came out to the smell of raw gas "BAD".It was about 30f again outside & to make the drive home we had to open all 4 windows & drive this way for about 3 blocks to get the gas smell out of the car "I had outside air venting in".

SO I started my search here on the forums & have come across this post & logging in to let all know I am in & hoping dealler is going to help me with this problem.

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Old 12-20-2004, 07:52 AM   #390
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I'm in on the fuel smell too

2002 WRX wagon
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off to the dealership we go!
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Old 12-20-2004, 11:10 AM   #391
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ughhh... I just got it too.... similar milage to the above poster....started last night...
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Old 12-20-2004, 01:00 PM   #392
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Looks like I'm in too! 02 WRX, 76000+ miles. 2 degrees above zero this morning, let the car run for about 10 minutes, had heavy smell of gas around the vehicle and a nice little puddle underneath. Not fun. Printed service bulletin and will have towed to dealer.
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Old 12-20-2004, 01:43 PM   #393
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Checking in!

Got a good fuel smell going on, 02 WRX (purchased June of 01). SOA better cover this.
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Old 12-20-2004, 02:48 PM   #394
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I had this problem too last winter. It sucked, but I got it covered under warranty thankfully. Here's something to print out when you bring it to your dealership.


Can I take this to the Subaru Dealership and they will repair it with no cost, even though im out of warranty...?
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Old 12-20-2004, 02:51 PM   #395
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You can try... some have had luck, others have not.
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Old 12-20-2004, 03:10 PM   #396
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I started getting this on my 2004 model as it started getting cold the past few weeks. It is very present at startup. I tried to report it using the NHTSA website for the past 20 minutes but apparently it doesn't like my browser...what a terribly designed and incompatible interface. I may take it to the dealer but the dealer is 20 miles away and this is my only car so it might be more trouble than I can afford at the moment.
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Old 12-20-2004, 05:38 PM   #397
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My car is out of the 3 year warranty, 2002 with low miles. Do you think they will cover this? I had this last year but ignored it. Now this year it seems worse.
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Old 12-20-2004, 05:44 PM   #398
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Lobby: from what others have said, step 1 is to take it into the dealer. Get it looked at and fixed. Step 2 is to get it paid for by SOA, telling them you smelled it last year but not so strong will help your cause.
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Old 12-20-2004, 05:46 PM   #399
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http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

This is the direct link to file a complaint with the NHTSA. I'm doing this now, I'd suggest others do to. This should be a recall.
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Old 12-20-2004, 09:01 PM   #400
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I didnt read all 16 pages, but is this a WRX symptom Only? I have the fuel smell and it JUST got cold the day it happened, but im in a 02... RS.. are they the same fuel delivery systems up to the rails?
Otherwords, is this the TSB or is this fuel smell unrelated..
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