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Smell of gas.. and it's not the beans


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#1 Redhat

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

Noticed it the last few days when I get out of the car.  Pretty strong smell of gas.  Nothing obvious under the hood.  No wet spots etc. I suspect it could be the fuel line coming from the tank before it gets to the engine compartment but I don't know how its routed or what to look for.  It's a '96 legacy wagon with 168K miles.  Otherwise well maintained and runs fine.  Seems gas milage has gone down a bit.  Average 24mpg.

I'll be crawling under it tomarrow.  Appriciate any advise. 



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:01 PM

Check the filler pipe in the right rear wheel well. Common leak spot. There is a cover on the filler that traps dirt, crud, salt, gravel, and moisture. It leads to rusting of the filler pipe and small pinhole leaks.


Edit: I said left before, meant to say right. (Brain fart)

Edited by Fairtax4me, 20 October 2013 - 04:07 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:54 PM

My tank has a split seam on a corner. Another thought.. Filler neck is the most common ( and mine is somewhat non existant too )



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:07 PM

Will do. How do I get in to see it? Is it easy to see once I get the wheel off?

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:10 PM

A bit more info. I believe I only began to smell gas once I filled the tank a few days ago.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:30 PM

2 screws hold the cover on.. If you don't want to take the tire off, you can get a pair of tin snips in there to cut it in half and pull it out quick. Subie should not have put them on there anyway.



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:38 PM

Thanks. Just so I'm clear. In the fill door I'll find two screws which hold the plate on and I can cut it in two to get it out. Then I assume I'll be able to inspect the filler pipe for leaks. Am I thinking right? Can the filler pipe be replaced from here too? Thanks again.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:52 PM

no, right behind the tire, there are 2 screws holding the cover on.. The filler neck is done from the wheel well, but you will need to remove the tire for that.. You should be able to get the hoses off the filler neck without much issue. There is enough room under there. If you need to replace the hoses, you will need to lower the tank for clearance 


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

I think I got it. I'll pull the tire and take the cover off. I imagine I'll be smelling gas pretty good by then if that's the issue. I guess lowering a tank full of gas can wait till it's closer to empty. Much appreciated.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:46 PM

Thanks guys. Once I looked, it was self evident. Man that plastic cover makes the filler tube rot out. New one on the way. Looks easy to replace. Thanks again.




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