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Smelling Gas while driving... where to start?


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I've had the car opened for spring and out a few times, and last night it got real cold on the ride home. I flipped on the heat, and started smelling gas in the cabin. Its very faint, but its there.

I notice I dont seem to smell it when im not running the ventilation fans, but that could be coincidence. Last night was the first time I drove with the top up.

Where should I start on this? I'm gearing up to do a bunch of maintenance and if its something I can catch in the process than great!

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The gas cap problem was a mandatory US Recall. So the original owner should have got a postcard and the next visit to any dealership should have had it replaced. They were also required to put a recall compliance sticker on the underside of the engine cover.

I got mine replaced in July 2002.

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The gas cap problem was a mandatory US Recall. So the original owner should have got a postcard and the next visit to any dealership should have had it replaced. They were also required to put a recall compliance sticker on the underside of the engine cover.

I got mine replaced in July 2002.

Good to know. Since its new to me I dont need to point out the obvious that I never got a post card. I'm going to have to go back and give them hell since they saw the car last summer. I put the car into service and I'm not seeing a compliance notice. How wonderful.

My seal isnt cracked like slb's cap, but I suppose I could investigate the fuel vent. Any quick way to test that?

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The gas cap problem was a mandatory US Recall. So the original owner should have got a postcard and the next visit to any dealership should have had it replaced. They were also required to put a recall compliance sticker on the underside of the engine cover.

I got mine replaced in July 2002.

Good to know. Since its new to me I dont need to point out the obvious that I never got a post card. I'm going to have to go back and give them hell since they saw the car last summer. I put the car into service and I'm not seeing a compliance notice. How wonderful.

My seal isnt cracked like slb's cap, but I suppose I could investigate the fuel vent. Any quick way to test that?

If the seal leaks bad enough it will cause a CEL.
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