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Old 12-18-2011, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys!

My father has a 2000 outback and every winter (for the past two years) when temperature reaches below freezing point the cabin smells like gas.

Is this a common problem ? I myself have a 98 forester and never had this issue.

Thanks for you help!
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Got some Google hits when I entered "Subaru gas smell". Here is one of several.
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Hey!

Thanks for the reply, ill check it tomorrow and will update!

thanks again
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Had this problem on my 02 OB. As the link above shows, clamps on some fuel lines need tightening. Got to be a pain to turn heat OFF while the car was stopped to prevent gas fumes from being blown into the car.
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hey guys!

finally an update:

there were two clamps loose but the car still smells, my dad just pulled the car in the garage and after 20 mins we came back and the whole garage smells now!

Also i had to adjust the hand brake cables and when i was under the car i could smell gas too so im guessing it could be the filler neck that's rusty?
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Check or have checked all fuel lines. The rubber material contracts significantly in cold temperatures. The older they get the more it seems they leak gas. By now they are probably also brittle to some extent.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to replace them. The problem is that getting to the ones at the intake manifold is difficult. Labor for that runs at around $300. The parts are only a few bucks.
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The fact that you say it only happens when it is cold out would point to it being a hose. If it were the fuel filler neck or other pipe, you would smell it all the time, and would actually probably be worse in the summer. There are several pieces of short rubber hose with clamps under the intake manifold (more than just one) so it might be the other.

I have used a drinking straw or two taped together as a 'smell source' helper. Like sniffing through the straw while poking it under the intake manifold and other areas might help pinpoint the source.
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I just had the same problem. As soon as the weather got cold and I had to turn on the heater, there was an overwhelming smell of gas, especially when stopped. Found on some forums about tightening the screws on the fuel filter hose clamps. Literally a turn or two on each and the smell disappeared.
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