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#1 (permalink) Old 04-17-2004, 10:07 AM
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This morning I went to my student job, but when I had started the engine there was a terrible smell of fuel. Can someone tell me what to do and if it could be dangerous? I really need some advise....... I'm gonna start now with finding the problem, but any help is welcome!

This scary me a little bit, because my last car before I get a BMW was totally burned out at the highway....
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don't light any matches or lighters....

try sniffing around... see if you can find where it is coming from...

broken fuel line? leaky tank? flooded engine?

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mine does that sometime.... but it goes away and i dont think anything of it... oh well

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is it a sulfuric smell? you catalytic converter may be going

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Hey dutch, when i was looking to buy my last car, one i looked at had the same problem your having. The owner was a BMW tech and he told me what needed to be fixed, problem is, I can't remember what he told me. Seems like he said something like a fuel tank vent flap or something. Not much help, i will look and see if i can find more info....

BTW, my main reason for the post is to let you know that it's PROBABLY nothing to be too concerned about, as long as the aforementioned repair is the one you need.

[EDIT] Well i searched all over and found nothing, nada, zilch, zero!! I even looked on the freakin FAQ section of this site for god's sake (I haven't even done that for my car yet)!!

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Thanks for all your opinions! I have been finding the problem. There was a leak from the supply fuel line to the injector rail. The only thing I need was a new fuel line!

I am lucky that nothing went wrong when driving

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I agree with Aggieland81. Check the cat converter if it has a foul sulfuric rotten egg smell.
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I agree with Aggieland81. Check the cat converter if it has a foul sulfuric rotten egg smell.
There was no fuel smell from the exhaust system, but under the hood. I actually have fixed it yet! The cat convertor is quite good, no rotten egg smell.

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Hi DutchBmw !

I got the same problems with my 325i when I Bought it !
I post a picture from where my fuel leak was !

check this green and black line !
let engine go and look for a leak there !

It took me some time to lacated it !
But it worked for me and no more smell of gas .

Let me know if thats the problem ?


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I post a picture from where my fuel leak was !

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Thanks for the input everyone! Problem is solved yet!

Challe, something went wrong while uploading I guess, because I can't see any picture.

BTW, I've already signed your guestbook :lol:

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B) Great to hear that the problem is solved !

I wanne know what the problem was ??

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The problem was a leaking fuel line, the one who is fitted to the injector rail. I can't wait at my new digital camera, so I can post pics when it is needed.

Hey Challe, it still doesn't work yet (uploading your image)..........

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groundhog day...

...this post identifies the problem and confirms the solution too many times!

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Sounds like a leaky fuel line, might be near the fuel rail. Check the cat. if you have a sulferic smell of any kind...ghead ...I know it was all said, but I had to be the asshole to keep it going

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