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Old 07-20-2004, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok, recently i have been getting really shitty gas mileage, the on-board computer said i should have gone fifety miles with my estimated MPG when i had only gone 11. and i just noticed that whenever i stand by my drivers side door i smell gasoline. any ideas as to what could be leaking? why? i had the fuel pump replaced about a month or two ago, i dont know if that is relevant, but it relates to the fuel system so i thought id mention it. thanks for all your help as to leaking gas is not a friendly or safe matter.

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Old 07-20-2004, 03:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yea mine smells like gas atleast once a day too, but i still get good gas mileage! even better in fact way better now that i put my fuel injector cleaner in!

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Old 07-20-2004, 04:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ill stop by Schucks today and pick up some of that fuel additive engine cleaner
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Have you replaced your fuel filter? Cause if you have and the hoses weren't secured all the way, that would be a cause of a gas leak. Thats really all the advice I can give though, hope this helps
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check for a gas leak. e36 fuel lines run along the drivers side to the fuel filter. possibly the problem is there. the hoses are rubber or silicone at the fuel filter, and they can crack over time, espically if they were hit with tools when changing.

gas leaks are dangerous, be careful and find it now! dont wait!

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easiest way to find it: get a lighter, and follow the fuel lines with it until....

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you found it!!!! IM KIDDING! DONT DO THAT OR ANYTHING LIKE IT!

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i went to schucks today and bought fuel injector cleaner from Valvoline and have noticed noticeably better fuel efficiency. so maybe that was all i needed. i will check all the lines around the fuel filter just to be safe, i am not sure about the leak because there are no gas puddles under the car after it sits for a while.
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did you follow the directions on the fuel injector cleaner stuff, it can be bad if you dont!

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I had a problem kinda like yours, except i didnt have bad gas mileage. I went to the dealership and they found that a couple of my o-rings were broken...so i got that fixed for about 120$
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I had a problem kinda like yours, except i didnt have bad gas mileage. I went to the dealership and they found that a couple of my o-rings were broken...so i got that fixed for about 120$
ha! i got mines fixed for only $45 :nana anyhow for the dude thats smellin gas. you said you had your fuel pump replaced than for sure they didn't screw it back on correctly. Take your back seat out and open both sides, check to see if fuel is leaking or if there is residue all over that area. Good Luck!
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