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Old 08-13-2003, 08:45 PM
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Strong gas smell in cabin, and elsewhere

I've noticed in a 190E that I don't often take out there is now a strong odor of gas after I drive for a short period. It is also noticible standing near the rear of the vehicle. There are no signs of anything leaking in the rear (or the front) under the car. What could cause this intermittent odor?
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Old 08-13-2003, 09:24 PM
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May sound crazy- but perhaps the gas cap is not closing properly?
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Old 08-13-2003, 09:41 PM
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I have a similar issue with my 201. Here are some suggestions from people wiser than I.

Raw Gas Smell

I haven't followed up on either of these leads yet -- but plan to soon.

Jeff Pierce
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Old 08-13-2003, 10:05 PM
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The first and cheapest thing to check is the gas cap. This has been the source of many a gas smell on this forum. You can get just the gas cap gasket or the whole cap. The cap is cheap so that is a good route to go. Now I just went through the same deal and in my case the cap was only part of teh problem. I also had to replace all the fuel hoses. They may look fine from the outside but once I pulled them off I found they had large cracks all the way around. I then pulled the tank (123 Wagon) replaced all the rubber fuel hoses and now I no longer have any gas smell. Remember you may not see any fuel leaking but it only takes the smallest amount to cause a strong gas smell.

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