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Old 01-25-2009, 04:00 AM   #1
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so i'm getting that raw fuel smell in the cold weather, and I have read that this is a very common problems in '02 wrx's. I most of the post in the other forum and have heard that a lot of people have been able to have this fixed at no cost by Subaru of America. Most of these posts seem to be coming from east coast and other typically cold places, but i'm wondering if anyone in this area has had this problem and had it fixed. If so, where at and how much?

The smell is getting stronger to the point where I no longer want to drive it and my fuel mileage has gone from 340 miles per tank to 220 miles. not good.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:30 AM   #2
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hey,
so i'm getting that raw fuel smell in the cold weather, and I have read that this is a very common problems in '02 wrx's. I most of the post in the other forum and have heard that a lot of people have been able to have this fixed at no cost by Subaru of America. Most of these posts seem to be coming from east coast and other typically cold places, but i'm wondering if anyone in this area has had this problem and had it fixed. If so, where at and how much?

The smell is getting stronger to the point where I no longer want to drive it and my fuel mileage has gone from 340 miles per tank to 220 miles. not good.
Barnzy, that's how I came up with my screen name, my car was very fuel stinky right after I got it! and yes, it came from the East Coast. There's a bunch of threads around here about this issue. I got the "cheesy" fix from Walker's Renton (where I got the car). It involves tightening down some clamps, fairly easy to get to, and so far it's been OK. If I ever have to get the "real" fix (involves taking a bunch of stuff apart in the engine) I'd go to Smart Service (in Mukilteo, they have another location in Shoreline IIRC). They've quoted me a fairly decent price, but it does involve several hours of labor, taking off the intercooler, etc, so it wouldn't be inexpensive.

There's been many mixed results with getting SoA to cover this. It's not a true "recall", so a lot of times it comes down to the dealer's discretion. It's a TSB (technical service bulletin), and again, the threads here have more info on the actual TSB number and what the fix is and so on.

Where did you buy the car from? If it was a dealer (or a dealer's used car lot, like I did) you may want to give that a try. Otherwise I'd suggest Smart Service. Or maybe you can wrench it yourself, depending on abilities. From what I was shown, it's not a very complicated job, it's just time-intensive but it *does* have the potential for messing things up. Again, depending on ability.

Post back or PM me with more info. Good luck!
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2886

www.smart-service.com

or any dealership can take care of this for you.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:41 AM   #4
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or any dealership can take care of this for you.
thanks Subie Gal! much more succint and informative than me! (I'm not quite awake yet...).
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:04 PM   #5
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ok thanks for the help!

that fix does look pretty time intensive, i think i may just have to fix it myself if all else fails. I too bought my car from Walker's. I'm trying to decide if it's even worth my time to try to go through them, not the biggest fan of Walker's as of late. Smart Service has worked on my car a few times and I really like them, but I'm not too excited to pay a lot of money to have something fixed that Subaru failed to follow through with.

I guess I'll try inspecting it and tightening the hose clamps....
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:15 PM   #6
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you might want to search about "walkers subaru" and recent experiences with them

I've no experience with them, but others have some very strong opinions
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:52 PM   #7
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the TSB claims this only shows effects < 14*

I get a bit of this when its cold, but definately not that cold. I'm guessing the 14* is just a junk number?
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:05 PM   #8
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tag, I was getting this a little bit... we'll see if the smell continues when its really cold.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:58 PM   #9
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the TSB claims this only shows effects < 14*

I get a bit of this when its cold, but definately not that cold. I'm guessing the 14* is just a junk number?
I would say so, mine does it whenever it's under 38 degrees or so, I got the car while in Texas and did not have the problem until I moved up here and haven't had the time to take it in for the fix since I have been up here.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:28 PM   #10
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End of December when we were having the REALLY cold days, I was getting the fuel smell REALLY bad in the mornings, almost to the point where I didn't want to drive the car. Lately its been fine though.
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