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Old 11-23-2003, 01:40 PM
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Why do I smell gas inside

my vehicle. The problem is intermittant and doesn't seem to have anything to do with how much gas is in the tank.

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Old 11-23-2003, 02:27 PM
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Inspect all the fuel lines under the hood and under the car immediately after driving. If you wait too long all the evidence has dried away.
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Old 11-23-2003, 07:12 PM
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I had that problem too and it turned out to be whenever my wife filled the tank she didn't put the cap on tight enough so when I took a left corner the gas would splash out into the gas cap door area and smell up the inside of the car. Try and isolate the occurence of the smell and check for things like I've described here too.
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Old 11-23-2003, 08:17 PM
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Thanks gentlemen for you advice. I will check!
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2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
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2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
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1985 300sd 340k-SOLD
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2000 Volvo V70XC-POS couldn't sell fast enough
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Old 11-23-2003, 09:19 PM
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i am certain that you will find this problem to be a gas cap that does not seal tightly.

hard braking, high g driving will cause gasoline to splash up the fuel filler pipe. the bad gas cap seal will allow some fuel to spill out. when it does, it leaks into the area behind the rear seat.

it is a nasty problem. i have a 560sec that i cannot seal. no matter how many new gas caps i have acquired. i am in the process of fabricating a new gasket in the hope that it will seal that gas gap to the filler pipe.

hope this helps.
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Old 11-23-2003, 10:24 PM
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Thanks Albert..best bet is to buy a new gas cap, right? Ps..I never smell the fuel under the hood, although sometimes it smells like it is coming in through the vents..I can't say for sure its just in the cab and the blent just blows it around.

This problem is in my 560sl.
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2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
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Old 11-24-2003, 02:44 PM
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ps..i'm a horrible typist.
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2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
FOR SALE 1991 300TE 228k

2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
1986 560sl 200k Black/Palimino-SOLD
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Old 11-24-2003, 03:44 PM
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gas smell

I had a similar problem with my 500E. Turned out to be a worn gasket around where you screw in the gas cap (and the cap was worn as well) causing a small amount to leak out. I would notice the smell in my garage, and pretty bad in the trunk of the car as well. At least it aired out over a couple of day after I fixed the issue. Gool luck!
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Old 11-25-2003, 01:28 AM
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another possibility...

my 380SEL smelled of gas on and off.

my mechanic eventually noticed a small leak by the fuel filter and pump.

gas was dropping to the ground in small quantities so it was a dangerous situation.

filter and pump are located behind rear passenger side wheel.

my mechanic fabricated a steel tube to replace badly worn rubber tubing and clamped it off tightly.

no more gas smell!
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Old 11-25-2003, 11:00 AM
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I had the same problem. My mechanic replaced the gas cap and it went away.
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