Join Date: Jul 2009
Car: 2001 OBS
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Gas Smell, Gas Leak
Okay guys I've already fixed the issue, but figured this might be worth posting about...
Driving back from school I could smell gasoline most of the way. It was dark so I could not see anything in the engine. I drove ~50 miles home smelling gas the whole way *sigh*
The next morning I popped the hood, smell was obviously gone, and noticed nothing wrong. Started the car, drove it, drove fine, no gas smell.
That afternoon I ran around town and smelled gas. Popped the hood and could see a pool of gas on the engine block webbing (structural webbing).
Apparently the flexible line on my driver side was leaking fuel. This is an easy fix! Tighten the clamps. Problem solved. The scary issue is I was short about a gallon of fuel by half tank. ( was 35 miles short by 1/2 tank, this includes accounting for winter mileage).
No more than 2 weeks later (last night for me) I had the same issue. Except I could smell gas before I left my driveway...(started the car, backed up, drive, ~90 seconds of running the car). I popped the hood and used a flash light. I could SEE gas streaming out of the hose clamp. This time the leak was on the passenager side. Given it was very fine stream, but it was pissing away fuel onto the engine block! Again just tightened the clamps and all was well. it was ~10 degrees last night.
So please check you fuel lines, and tighten them! I would imagine this is caused by the cold/old age. Better to be safe than sorry!
2001 Subaru Outback 73k miles 2.5L
I would imagine these clamps are on all engines, so check yours today!
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