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What is causing this strong gas smell?

What is causing this strong gas smell? Topic: Case spark plugs
July 20, 2019 / By Felice
Question: I've noticed over the course of the last month an issue with my car. Granted it's a '95 Camaro, and has over 211,000 miles on it. It's gonna have problems, I'm aware of that. When I start my car, or sitting at a light, I can strongly smell gas. And when I park my car, up until even 2 hours after it has been parked and not running, I can walk by like 20 feet away, and smell an awful stench of gas. I turn my heat on in my car, and I just smell fumes. So strong I have to crack the window. Now, I don't see any leaks, and my mileage doesn't seem to be drastically effected by this. But does anyone know what may be causing this? And there is also a slight sputtering sound every once in a while I am due for an oil change, if that makes any difference, and there is also a slight sputtering sound when I accelerate. I just had the spark plugs replaced, thinking that may help, but it made no change with the smell of gas. Oh, and I seem to smell the gas more when I put the car in "drive" opposed to "overdrive". Overdrive I can still smell it, but it's not as potent. Any idea what could be the problem?
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Cortney Cortney | 1 day ago
possibly like everyone else said it could be a gas line that is leaking. how does the car run? It might be misfiring and that can cause raw fuel to leak out of the piston. Whatever the case is I would suggest getting your car to a mechanic ASAP. Leaking fuel can catch on fire with the slightest spark and then your car will be on fire which could be bad. The sputtering might be your car misfiring. Trust me I have had that problem with my car recently and its not very pleasant. It ended up being a bad spark plug and replacing it (and a bunch of other things seems to have fixed the problem and yeah I did smell gas a couple of times). ' Do you know when you had your plugs/rotor+cap/wires etc changed last? IF you dont know it might be a good place to start.(all of this is routine maintenance and is all very easy to do yourself. If I can do it so can you.
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Bethel Bethel
Check your fuel line hoses - probably dried, cracked and leaking - especially check under the hood. If it was underneath or the back of the car you wouldn't necessarily smell it. If it happens in cool or hot weather - it's not your tank venting - it's a leak and you should address it immediately. Had a '74 Mustang catch on fire that way. You may not see the leak. Fuel hoses get porous and sometimes the fuel only seeps out under pressure. Good luck and get it done before it fails completely and your car catches on fire.
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Aggye Aggye
If the smell is coming from the engine compartment it is either a hose going to the charcoal cannister or leaky fuel injectors dripping gas into the intake. But since you didn't mention any starting problems its most likely not the fuel injectors and just a worn hose. or could be MAF or an o2 sensor
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Tikvah Tikvah
Have your fuel tank seams checked. Also the the bands around the tank. Check the tank fill tube and vent line. While the truck's up in the air follow all fuel lines forward to the engine.
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Ralph Ralph
The title of your post cracked me up... before i read the body part. Sounds like you are due for a tuneup and an oil change. http://aoleonthemartiangirl.com/-/friend...
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Ralph Originally Answered: How do I get rid of the smell?
There are a number of ways to clean out the smell, start with the easy ones first and work your way through until the smell is gone. First, open any windows you can and air out the place. I know its winter, but do what you can! Take any drapes, throw rugs and comforters and wash them, adding baking soda to the wash cycle and wash as usual. Make sure the offending burnt pasta is removed from the dorm room and put outside in the trash, including any remnants from the pan if it can be saved. Wash down any surfaces that are washable, like the stove top, counter tops, walls and door frames with a good degreaser, followed by a damp rinse of a cloth with baking soda. Fill small lids, plastic/ceramic bowls with white vinegar and place in areas all around the rooms, including the bathroom, the bedroom and kitchen. Let stand. You can also use a diluted solution of vinegar to rinse/wipe all surfaces that are washable and let dry. If there are any fans in the stove, wash the filters. If any one the ceiling, clean with the above and allow to dry. Any clothing or cloth that is retaining the smell, can be hung outside to air out, or washed in a regular detergent with some baking soda and followed with a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. Beds, mattresses, couches, chairs and the like can be Febreezed and allowed to air dry. This should cure the problem, unless you have had a actual fire, in which case smoke damage can be MUCH HARDER to undo. All surfaces should either be dusted or wiped down. If wood, use a good lemon oil to remove any dust and stink left behind. Also, lemon juice diluted can be used on plastic, countertops that are laminates to rid smells. Basically, its a pain, but those are the easy cheap solutions. But they will require some elbow grease. Try not to close up any area that still has stink left in it, do as much airing out as is possible and then follow with the white vinegar treatment. Hope this helps you out! We used these treatments when an egg was zapped by one of the kids in the microwave for like 20 minutes, the smell was HORRIBLE! It did do the trick though. Basically, we had to hit everything that the smell had touched. It was more annoyance than expense, and the smell was really really horrific. Good luck!

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