Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Auburn, NY
Car: 2003 Outback Wagon 5MT
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Thanks for the replies. This happens in my driveway, so it's not other cars. It doesn't happen every time, and if it was the heater core, wouldn't I smell it on recirculate too? It goes away completely when I'm moving too. What I mean by "every other car" is that the engine compartment doesn't smell really like anything, but if I press my nose against the air inlet I can smell it. I've smelled in every corner of it, but when I smell the air inlet I can faintly smell it.
I will have had the car for a year this December, and haven't really noticed it until now - I may be being paranoid right now and it has always smelled. When it's cold, I notice a gas smell outside the car right when I start it that goes away quickly - I've been told this is normal as cars run rich at first and as long as it goes away you're good. Doesn't seem to be leaking fuel either, as I don't see anything and my gas mileage has been great. And when I put on the A/C or heat it seems to dilute the smell a bit sometimes to the point where I can't smell it at all, and I never smell it with recirc. on or the windows down. Also, this is with just the fan on and the temp control turned all the way to cold. I have not checked the hood seal.
If I smell the air inlet I can smell it but if I move directly next to it into the engine compartment to the fuel lines or something, I smell nothing. Will the charcoal cabin filter help with the smell?